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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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Another "Believe" card

Back with another card for this week's Merry Monday challenge to use pinecones, greens and the word "believe". While I was out shopping for supplies yesterday I bought some faith stickers by Me & My Big Ideas. Mom needed a sympathy card so I wasn't sure if I'd need some bible verses for the interior. Well, here was the word "believe" in the set! Plus, I went to Scraps of Love today and found a new Tim Holtz mini-blueprint set Christmas 4 which has a lovely pinecone and some evergreens, plus a poinsettia and some holly. Here's my card:


I stamped the card base with a Hero Arts design block called Flourish. I stamped the pine needles on a piece of watercolor paper using Iced Spruce Distress ink and added some watercolor pencil. I stamped and cut out three pinecones and watercolored them, then added some gold stickles.

I didn't bother to photograph the sympathy card - it was a simple design but Mammy loved it, of course. I didn't need the faith stickers as my sister had a sympathy stamp set in her stash! Thanks for stopping by!!


It's a beautiful Monday and I'm off all week - looking forward to some crafty times!! Today I spotted a new challenge from Wendy on Merry Monday to use pinecones, greens, and the word "believe". Well, I'm visiting my parents and didn't have any of my pinecones nor anything with the word "believe". So, I popped over to Michaels to shop for supplies. I didn't find any stamps with the required word so I decided on some fun glittery stickers (Michaels Reflections brand) to spell it out. I used a variety of fonts for some interest. The kraft paper with green dots is by American Crafts. Then I found a lovely clear stamp set from Inkadinkado (Evergreen Holiday) with pinecones and greens. I stamped the main image in brown ink on watercolor paper, then colored it with watercolor pencils. Added a few Stickles - done! Here's my creation:

Mom said she needs me to make her some cards but I couldn't resist squeezing in a Merry Monday card before I get started on them. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a crafty week too!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Furry Christmas on Merry Monday!

Hi everyone - I'm off work today but very busy at home so this is just a quick post. I had to play with Sue's challenge at Merry Monday to use a cat or dog on your Christmas card! I see a couple Design Team members used this darling Furry Christmas image from Simon Says Stamp. I got a few stamped ones from my friend Heather - thanks, Heather!! She included the fun sentiment speech bubble which I trimmed and highlighted with Copic B00. Here's my card:

Furry Christmas

I colored the image with Copics which bled a bit on the paper but I made do. Paper is from Graphic45 (Twas the Night before Christmas); card from Hero Arts; hill border from Lawn Fawn; ribbon May Arts.

Out of time so I'd better run - thanks for stopping and be sure to check out Merry Monday!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Scramble Time

Hi everyone - It seems like the only times I post lately are Scrambles and Merry Mondays! Well, I do make other cards but they often don't get posted. I'm putting them in the mail, rather than photographing them - LOL!

Today on the Hero Arts Flickr group, Cat had the Scramble theme of using a favorite technique of hers combined with one or more of our own. While a Scramble allows 90 minutes, I'm usually much quicker - doing a card within 30 minutes, typically. Well, today it was closer to an hour - I used one of Cat's favorite techniques of embossing, combined with one of mine to sand and distress the paper. Cat also likes to watercolor so I misted some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and Field Greens Ink Dauber before stamping on linen for my main image. The vines are from a Hero Arts cling set called So Sorry. The embossing folder is one that pairs with a large cling background by Hero Arts called Floral Wreath. Here's my card:

Vines on Linen

I love the look of embossed Core'dinations cardstock with the linen (matted with Bazzill cardstock). I had fun Scrambling today - hope you're having a crafty weekend too!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Vintage Time

Photo Source

Hi everyone - I'm off work today so I was able to check out Merry Monday first thing. This week it's Nina's challenge: make a vintage style card! Now, vintage is not my typical go-to style but I had a yummy Graphic45 paper pad, Twas the Night Before Christmas, that I knew would be perfect. 

I found a piece of paper with this darling Santa in a circle surrounded by a bunch of vintage clocks. I cut out the Santa image & added a black scalloped circle mat with a bit of doily behind. It's hard to see in the photo but I brushed some Wink of Stella to the brown parts of Santa's furry hat and cuffs.

Here's the card:

Vintage Santa

After making the Santa card, I was still in the mood to craft in the vintage style. I surfed my Silhouette files and found this darling reindeer - Circle Flourish Reindeer by Kolette Hall. I used more Graphic45 paper, including the tag which I cut from one of the pages. The ticket is a Tim Holtz stamp.

Vintage reindeer

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by Merry Monday to check out all the inspiration from their Design Team. I'm now up to 32 Christmas cards in my stash, 20 of them due to my participation at Merry Monday. So exciting!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Angels on Merry Monday

Hi everyone - hope you're having a great weekend!!

This week on Merry Monday, Lori challenges us to include an angel or cherub on our card. I found this great heralding angel die on the Silhouette, Split Angel Damask by StudioIlustrado. Using an A2 card, I masked off the area for the sentiment. I stamped a background stamp, the Envelope Liner Background by Hero Arts, on the balance of the card. My layering paper for the die was punch colored so after cutting, I colored it with a Festive Berries Distress marker to darken it, then I sponged a bit of Black Soot Distress ink on a few spots to age it.

I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment (from a Hero Arts Clear set called Miracle of the Holidays) then added a bit of white with a Picket Fence Distress marker. Added a couple of gems - done.

Here's my card:
Angel tidings

The split die cuts are very fun - I've purchased a few but this was the first one I tried. I felt like it had a bit of a Swedish feel to it which is why I used the red. It might be really pretty in silver or gold glitter paper; I'll have to try it next time.

Thanks for stopping and, if you get a chance, check out Merry Monday. It's really helping me get a handle on my Christmas cards!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter to anyone celebrating today! I worked really hard last weekend getting my Easter cards done and mailed. Each of my siblings got a version of this card:

Easter chicks

Hero Arts: carnation and blush designer layering paper
Doodlebug: baker's string
Jillibean Soup: chick stamps (I masked the middle one)
Personal Impressions: sentiment (from a set of three called Springtime 'tinchies - thanks Sally!!)
Lawn Fawn: grassy border die; Scotch: dotted washi tape
Copic Markers; Clear Wink of Stella; Bazzill: cs for mat and border

I masked the front chick to stamp the other two - I just love these little cuties. The inside sentiment was fun too "you crack me up". I also cut a few Easter egg cards on the Silhouette but didn't manage to take a photo of any of them.

Can't wait to eat a delicious ham dinner at my friends' house. Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scramble time!

Hi all - Chark over on the Hero Arts Flickr group hosted a Scramble today with a beautiful inspiration photo:

starry nite photo

She called it "Starry Nite" and I just loved the colors! I was inspired to use Distress Inks to create a watercolored background. Wish I would've used Chipped Sapphire to darken the edge but I used Stormy Sky. Other colors used: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry. The stars and sentiment came from 2 Hero Arts stamps - Written in the Stars and Thanks Stamp & Cut. Here's my card:

Star bright

I'd better get going on my Easter preparations. Thanks for stopping & thanks to Chark for a fun Scramble!