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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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Color Combo for Merry Monday

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Merry Monday everyone! I so love my Monday off when I can play with a card challenge first thing in the morning!! It really gets the creative juices flowing. Today over on the Merry Monday blog, Kristie challenges us to use the color combo Lime, Turquoise, & White. I thought this might be a difficult combo but I LOVE it!! My card came together fairly quickly.

White card base made with DCWV shimmery white cardstock (not that you can tell from the photo); Turquoise mat: David Tutera cardstock embossed with a Tim Holtz Diamond plate folder; Lime green mat: Neenah cs (they sell multicolored packs at Target!) with the sentiment stamped in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and clear embossed; Stamps: Hero Arts K5808 Color a Wreath (colored with Peacock Feathers and Hero Arts Neon Green Inks) and CL541 Snowman Christmas (sentiment). I added a turquoise gem to the bow and some clear gems to the wreath - yay, another Christmas card done!

Here's the card:

Turquoise Lime White wreath

I really love this color combo and will definitely use it again - thanks for the fun challenge, Kristie! Wishing you all a Merry Monday and a crafty week ahead!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Time for Trees!

Hey everyone - hope you're having a great week!  I finally had a chance to play with Kathy's challenge over on Merry Monday.  All we have to do is use a tree on a Christmas card - yay!

I have loads of tree stamps, dies, stencils - you name it.  But I thought right away about using this older Hero Arts trio of trees when it came time to make my card.

Supplies from Hero Arts:  Light pool folded card, Notebook Paper cling stamp (stamped in Cracked Pistachio) on the card, Labels and Messages (for the banner), and Three Tree Christmas (white embossed) for my trees.  Other:  I embossed the trees on Tim Holtz watercolor paper (sponged with Pine Needles and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and misted) and cut it out with Spellbinders Label Thirty-Six (I love this one).  I created a little belly band for the card using some Paper Studio and Basic Grey paper.

Here's the card:

Merry Christmas Trees

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Scramble time - Word Art

Hi everyone and happy Sunday!  We had a Scramble over on the Hero Arts Flickr group today, hosted by Janet.  Her challenge was to create some kind of word art with a word stamp and one of her samples was a die cut stamped with words.  My first thought was to create a frame with a little hello stamp but my stamping went crooked!  So then I thought the little hello would be perfect stamped on the Hero Arts Spring Branch die.  Here's the card:

Hello Spring Branch

The little hello came from Hero Arts' Stamp & Cut Butterflies set.  I also used a new clear set from Hero Arts called Stamp Your Own Plant  for the ferns and leaves; the larger hello stamp is from Hero's Hello Stamp & Cut set.

I heard from my friend Heather who reported she received the St Patrick's Day card I sent her so I'll share it here too; I was too tired on the actual day to post anything:

Happy St Patrick's Day

I used the Hero Arts' Happy Stamp and Cut set for the happy die along with a Lawn Fawn sentiment.  The shamrock is a 2009 stamp from Hero Arts.  The label dies are from Spellbinders (Labels Thirty-Six).  I enjoyed this design so much that I used it on 2 other cards:

Happy birthday flower Happy birthday butterfly

The card on the left actually used the biggest label in the set; I thought it worked better with the lacy vellum flowers I had in my stash.  That stamp is from Hero Arts but I'm not sure of the name at the moment.  The butterfly on the right came from that same Stamp & Cut set as the little hello from my Scramble card.  If you have seen Hero Arts' Butterfly clear set which has similar butterflies, be aware the stamp & cut set butterflies are a bit smaller and also has a tiny outline butterfly.  Having the one didn't stop me from buying the other :) 

Hope you had a crafty weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Time for presents!

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Hi everyone - busy weekend with the City of Lakes Chorus show!  It went so well and we had a great crowd!  We learned three new songs since Christmas break and, while they weren't perfect, I was glad they came together as well as they did.  One was a Swing Medley and we had six swing dancers performing to it, doing flips and everything - wow!  Our guest quartet was Martini, the 2012 Sweet Adelines International Queens of Harmony; fabulous singers and all-around lovely women.

Back to normal day living now and, on my Monday off, that means a Merry Monday challenge.  This week's challenge from Karren is to use a present on your Christmas card.  Who doesn't love a Christmas present?!  I have a lot of present images from which to chose but I started out by going to the Silhouette to check my inventory there.  I found this darling stack of presents that I though would make a fun card.  I started out by cutting a sheet of white images - besides the presents, I threw on some snowflakes and a tag to fill up the page before cutting.

Here's my card:

Merry Presents

The stack of presents is called Stacked Gifts (Design ID #70463) by Sophie Gallo.  After cutting it on white cardstock, I watercolored it with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and paper-pieced with Basic Grey Evergreen paper and a couple scraps of some other unknown collection.  I added lots of Stickles to the bows.  The Merry tag is from a Hero Arts Silhouette file called Large Word Tags (Design ID#50912) and also paper-pieced with Evergreen paper.  The card base is a Hero Arts celadon folded card stamped with the Envelope Liner Background (wiped off in spots) using Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.

That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Blue Monday

This week on Merry Monday, Debbie gave the challenge to use monochromatic blue on a Christmas card.  I just love this idea and had the perfect blue card stock from Hero Arts - Azure Layering Paper - that I received as a free gift from a2z Scrapbooking with a recent Hero Arts order.  Here's my card:

Winter Sparkle blue

I formed a top fold A2 card using 1/2 of a piece of layering paper.  I cut a 3.75 x 5" piece from the other 1/2 and stamped it with Hero Arts Winter Sparkle Background using Salty Ocean Distress ink.  Added a piece of striped ribbon I received from my friend Sally, matted the panel with white and popped it with foam onto the card.  Then I added some Hero Arts felt snowflakes and some gems.  The mini-tag was from my stash - it's from the Designer Mini Tag set by Taylored Expressions (love their dies!); it's stamped in Salty Ocean using a sentiment from a Hero Arts clear set Merry Christmas Message.  

Hope you're having a crafty week!  I'm not - I squeezed this card in less than 30 minutes, then allowed myself and hour to photograph, upload and write my post.  That's it for this week since I'm getting ready for the City of Lakes Chorus show.  I hope to get more crafting done next week.

Thanks for stopping!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Traditional colors at Merry Monday

Hi all - a new week on Merry Monday brings the challenge to use traditional red and green colors on a Christmas card this week.  Deanne, this week's host, finds this a challenge because she likes the non-traditional.  I can agree to some extent because I like purples and blues on my Christmas cards, but green and red work fine for me too.  The design team created some real beauties this week so I hope you'll check them out!

I did some crafty clean-up or what I call "Misty-proofing" for the impending visit of my brother's cat Misty.  Well, Misty arrived last night but some crafts had to find their way back onto the kitchen counter where I like to create best.  She has shown little interest at this point, preferring to nap in the sun - LOL.  I encountered a pine branch stamp during my clean-up so it gave me an idea.

Here's my card:

I started with a piece of Neenah bright white cardstock, stamped a couple branches with Hero Arts Big Pine Bough (K5242), added a bit of Tim Holtz Industrious Stickers (Frames and Trims), then popped a stamped and die cut ornament from a Hero Arts set called Winter Sparkle (CL798).  Matted the piece with a bit of black card stock and adhered it to a top fold A2 card made of DCWV shimmer card stock (which doesn't show as very shimmery in the photo).  Inks used:  Hero Arts Neon Green, Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Barn Door.  This would be an easy card to mass produce.

That's it for today - just a quick post to get my weekly Christmas card done.  For the record, though, I'm well ahead of schedule - I now have 25 cards done for my 2015 stash - woo, hoo!  Thanks for stopping!