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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, October 26, 2015

Christmas Lights and Glitter!

Hey everyone - Merry Monday!! Just love having a Monday off every other week so I can check out the latest challenge at Merry Monday! This week, Wendy asks us to use Christmas lights and glitter on a card. I did a string of Christmas lights for the rainbow challenge a few weeks ago, so I decided to do something with individual stamped bulbs. I had the perfect little bulb on a Hero Arts clear set called Friends and Family (CL803).

I should start from the beginning and thank Hero Arts for the goodies that arrived in my mailbox on Friday. Just love everything!! That very night I stamped a bunch of elves from a new holiday Stamp & Cut called Santa's Elves (DC160). When the catalog came out, this set went right on my wish list but it disappeared quickly from stock. I had to wait a bit to get my set but it was well worth it - these elves are simply adorable!! When I saw the new Merry Monday challenge today I knew I had to get at least one elf on a card with Christmas lights! I can also use this card for the current Hero Arts holiday challenge.


Here's my card:

Elf with tree and present

I started with a Flourished Tree (Design id #22591) made on the Silhouette. I inked it with Twisted Citron, Evergreen Bough and Gathered Twigs Distress inks, misting it a bit to blend. I doodled a bit of texture on the trunk with a Copic marker. I adhered it to a metallic blue layering panel and stamped the bulbs using my MISTI. Added the white hill cut with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders. I colored the girl elf with Copics, added green metallic accents (Hero Arts) to her dress and cap, then added clear gems to the cap and slippers. The present stamp came from a cute 2012 Hero Arts set called Bring on the Merry (CL644), also colored with Copics and the bow has stickles for my glitter!! I added glossy accents to the Christmas bulbs - done! I saved the sentiment for the inside.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to check out all the fabulous Design Team cards for this week's Merry Monday challenge. And you have until November 12th to add a project to the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge - people have uploaded some gorgeous cards there already!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Birthday time

Hi everyone - hope you're enjoying your weekend! We celebrated some October birthdays in my family this weekend. I had fun personalizing the cards and they were a big hit. First up a card for my dad who turned 84:

Happy 84 Dad

I stamped an azure Hero Arts card with their Lines Background cling stamp using Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink. I cut the DAD on the Silhouette and stamped the letters with the same background. I used Tumbled Glass ink, very lightly. Using my MISTI, I stamped the 84 from a Hero Arts alphabet clear set (CL687 Days and Month) with Mermaid Lagoon. Then I positioned the star (from Hero Arts CL582 Year Round Sentiments) over the numbers, picked it up with the MISTI, inked it with Tumbled Glass and stamped over the numbers. Trimmed the star and popped it and the DAD with foam tape. The happy was die cut with Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut. I used a Lawn Fawn soft print that I thought looked too light so I colored over it with a Tumbled Glass marker and painted it with Wink of Stella. Added a bit of May Arts' ribbon - done.

I had fun with this card for my sister-in-law Donna who loves turtles and hits the big 50 this year:

50 turtle

The 50, turtle and seaweed were all cut on the Silhouette. I doodled the texture on the turtle using a Distress Marker. I stamped the 50 with Hero Arts' Forest Floor Bold Prints cling stamp for a bit of texture. I stamped Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow upside down to look like bubbles floating up. I tried a piece of blue for the layering but I ended up liking the green so I guess it's a green sea :)

Thanks for stopping!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Snowflake Frame

Back on a Friday with a Merry Monday card - this time to "Frame It", Sue's fun challenge. I had a darling snowflake frame in my Silhouette library and decided to use it to frame a large word stamp. The "peace" comes from a Hero Arts clear set CL680 Jolly. I used foam tape to adhere the frame to the card base, then added some snowflake sequins by Lawn Fawn. 

Here's my card:

Peace Frame

This was a quick and easy card since I had a few birthday cards to make this week. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the yummy cards by the Design Team!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Merry Moose Monday!

Hmmm - use a moose on your Christmas card? That's Nina's challenge over on Merry Monday this week. When I read the post on Monday, I headed right to the Silhouette online store for a browse. I ended up downloading and cutting the Moose Frame by Joel Pilcher with a piece of black cardstock. Just fell in love with this serene image!! I finally got a chance to play with it today. Here's my card:

Moose frame

I embossed  a swirl pattern on a shimmery blue heavy weight vellum, then rounded the corners. I adhered it to an azure folded card from Hero Arts and rounded those corners too. The little circle was die cut using one of Simon Says Stamp layered circles after I stamped the postmark from a 2007 exclusive Hero Arts for Archivers clear stamp set (Winter Wonderland). Added a few gems - done!

Thanks to Nina for a fun challenge! For more moose-y inspiration, check out Merry Monday! I was sorry to miss the fun last week when the challenge included coffee - yum, my favorite beverage! I was on vacation to attend the Sweet Adelines International annual convention and competition in Las Vegas from Sunday to Sunday so totally missed Merry Monday. But I had a great time in Vegas enjoying all the fabulous singing (I didn't have to compete this year) and congratulate Speed of Sound quartet on becoming Queens of Harmony!! They will be on our April 2016 show - can't wait! Big congrats to the Scottsdale Chorus who won the chorus contest - I have some friends in that chorus and it was such fun to see them win again! On Saturday night we skipped out on barbershop harmony to attend the Donny and Marie (Osmond) show at the Flamingo - fantastic, although a bit loud on the band.

Hope you're having a great weekend and thanks for stopping!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Rainbow Colors


Hi all - hope you're having a great weekend! I survived last weekend's move of our office - it was only two blocks to the new location but we still had to pack up everything. We worked hard and now are settling in.

Needless to say, this weekend is all about relaxing - which includes crafting! I looked in on Merry Monday and this week's challenge from Kristie is to use rainbow colors.

Here's my card:

Rainbow Seasons greetings
Supplies: Hero Arts Stamps - CL890 Holiday Greetings, CL908 Sparkle Borders, DC110 Stamp & Cut Ornaments
Copics, Festive Berries Distress ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, May Arts string twine, Stickles

I rounded the corners on an A2 card and a white layering piece. Stamped the bulb string and the sentiment, then doodled the ornament hanger. I stamped and fussy cut the ornament, then colored it with Copics. I colored the bulbs with Copics too and added stickles. I popped the ornament with foam and added a string twine bow. Done!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the inspiration at Merry Monday!!