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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, February 27, 2016

Merry Monday Bells

Hi all - Linda's challenge on Merry Monday this week requires bells on your Christmas card. I have a beautiful bell cling stamp that I got it from my friend Isha in a Secret Santa exchange over on the Hero Arts Flickr Group. It reminded me so much of the inspiration photo that I decided to go with it.

Good Tidings Bells
Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts: CG131 Wreath with Bells; CL630 Miracle of the Holidays

Paper - Neenah Solar White; Hero Arts pine layering paper; Ink - Hero Arts Black, Ranger embossing ink
Embossing Powder - Ranger Sea Foam White; Copic Markers, Liquid Applicque; Die - SSS circle

Besides this card, I made three more orchid cards today (see this post). I just love that layered orchid in a pot stamp set! My Mom & Dad adored the card from that post which I sent to them in thanks for my birthday gift. Now I just have to make a birthday card for an 18 year old guy - have yet to come up with a brilliant idea...

Thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a crafty weekend.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Scramble time!

Happy Scramble time! Today I'm hosting a traditional Scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr group - that's a set 90 minutes to create a card based on a specific theme, photograph and upload it for a chance to win random-draw prizes. Link to my Scramble - which started at 11:30 PST- here.
My theme today is to create a card with flowers and insect(s) - could be a butterfly, a bee, a beetle - whatever. I figured people could use their finished card in this month's Hero Arts challenge.

I created two sample cards this week to inspire people for the Scramble; I can enter both in the challenge!

My first card uses a favorite cling flower stamp from Hero Arts - just love the long stems on these! I colored them with Copic markers on paper that wasn't designed for them but, no matter, I'm happy with the result. To shimmer them up, I added Wink of Stella liberally. The sentiment and butterfly came from a new Stamp & Cut set - just love these sets! The butterfly die is actually made to just lift the wings out of a background. I wanted it free so I just trimmed around the uncut area with a scissors.

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps & dies: DC182 Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut; CG525 Tall Flowers
Paper: Hero Arts PS623 SEA MIX LAYERING PAPERS (powder); Neenah Solar White.
Hero Arts Black ink; May Arts ribbon; Copic Markers; Clear Wink of Stella

Card #2 uses a new stamp layering set by Hero Arts and I just adore these orchids in a pot. I have made three cards with this set already, having found what I consider the perfect combination of inks for the layers - if I do say so myself! They remind me of the orchids at my grocery store's floral department right now. I was delighted with how the orchid pot ended up looking shaded - that's how it stamped, genius! Oh - can't forget to mention that the MISTI makes these layered images a breeze!!

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts PS619 FLORAL MIX LAYERING PAPERS (aubergine); Neenah Solar White
Inks: Hero Arts - Black and green; Tim Holtz Distress inks - Tattered Rose, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Pine Needles, Gathered Twigs, Aged Mahogany; Copic Markers; Clear Wink of Stella; Floral mixed gems/pearls

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you check out the Scramble. If you can't play along today, we scramble about every two weeks and have a great time doing it. Here's the Master Scramble List for more inspiration.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Merry Monday - featuring Berries!

Hi all - this week at Merry Monday, Bonnie's challenge is to use berries on your card. I reached for some holly leaves with berries and decided to add them to a pretty Hero Arts wreath from 2010. Looking at the entries at Merry Monday, it looks like a several of us went the wreath route. Be sure to check out the amazing Design Team cards as well. Here's my card:

Joy wreath
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Designer Layering paper; Authentique
Hero Arts Stamps and Die: CL474 Special Wishes (wreath) DC169 Joy (die and holly stamp)
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Pine Needles, Festive Berries; May Arts ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hope you have a special day planned. Typical Sunday for me so far with a run to Target and doing a few household chores. But my brother and his wife will take me out later today for my birthday dinner.

Thought I'd share a simple Valentine I sent this year, with various slight changes, to most of my relatives. I sent a similar card to a friend who's a birthday twin. Here's my card:

valentine love 2
Supplies: paper - Hero Arts punch layering paper; Authentique; doily from Target
Stamps: CL402 Valentine Sayings by Hero Arts
dies - heart by Hero Arts from My Monthly Hero January 2016; love from DC175 Love Stamp&Cut
Ink - Versamark; Sea Foam white embossing powder by Ranger

I was excited to receive a package from my dear friend/"sista" Heather Maria yesterday. As usual, she sent too many fun goodies and I just had to use some of them right away - starting with a musical clef die. Members of my former quartet had an early birthday party for me on Friday so I wanted to make them thank you cards. The clef die was perfect for it - here's the card:

Thank you note
Supplies: paper - Neenah Solar White cardstock, Authentique patterned paper
Stamps by Hero Arts: sentiment CL272 All Occasion Msgs; notes CL354 Let the Angels Sing
Ink: Tim Holtz - Wilted Violet Distress Ink

I must say using the MISTI made it a breeze for the stamping on the three cards I made of this design! 
Then I need to plan some more birthday thank you cards - starting with one for Heather!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Valentine's day!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Chalkboard snowflake

Hi everyone - sometimes you create based on what you can FIND! Kristie's challenge this week at Merry Monday is to use the chalkboard effect. Well, I have some stuff around here somewhere.... The chalkboard stamps I found were all for non-Christmas occasions except one tag stamp. I was going to use it but got pulled toward another idea with an embossing folder. I embossed a Hero Arts snowflake on black paper with a white back - not truly white core so when I sanded it, it didn't get very white! So I applied Hero Arts Unicorn White ink over it and also around the paper edge. Stamped the sentiment with the same ink.

Sorry, the paper looks grey in my photo - couldn't edit it any darker, oh well... Here's my card:

Chalkboard snowflake
Supplies: paper Neenah Solar White cardstock, Kelly Purkey Second City by Basic Grey
Embossing folder: Snowflakes set by Hero Arts/Sizzix; Ink: Unicorn White by Hero Arts
Stamp: sentiment from Hero Arts DC166 Merry & Bright Tag set by Lia; Gems: Reflections from Michaels
In my sanding I tore a bit of one of the curved points. Covered all of them with gems - fixed!

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Shaker cards!

Finally - I made my first two shaker cards! Over the years I've purchased a bunch of shaker elements - domed acrylic pieces, beads, etc. Last year I even bought a Fuse tool and had yet to use it! Then I received my January 2016 My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts. I thought it would be fun to make a heart shaped packet to put behind the heart die from the kit. Here's card #1:

be my valentine

I stamped a top fold card (made with Hero Arts punch layering paper) with Simon Says Stamp heart background. I die cut the heart window with pop-up scallops using 2 dies from the MMH kit (sold out). The shaker filler was from the kit too and the valentine die was from a separate add-on. This card went to my friend Heather Maria and her family; she let me know she received it on Tuesday.

While card #1 was still in the mail, we had a Scramble with Betty on the Hero Arts Flickr group. I loved her theme with an inspiration photo and decided to try shaker card #2. This time I used the acrylic panel provided in the MMH kit behind the heart opening. After diecutting the top panel, I positioned it over the grey piece to set where my XOXO would go. Used my MISTI tool for stamping - LOVE!! Then I white embossed it, put the shaker filler over it, lined up foam tape around the back of the heart and adhered over the grey. Love the pink paper by Authentique and the grey is by Doodlebug - matched the subtle grey in the Authentique paper perfectly! 


I sent this card to my parents and I was in a bit of a hurry to get it in the mail. I didn't write a single word on the inside or sign it! Guess that means my mom can use it for someone else - LOL!

Hope you're having a crafty week and thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Featuring Santa!

Hey everyone - time to feature Santa on Merry Monday! Thanks to Kathy for a fun challenge!!

I remember last year trying to find my old-fashioned Santa stamp for a different Merry Monday challenge. Didn't find him then nor now but I did find a darling Hero Arts woodblock stamp Santa with Gift from 2009 in my stash. Here's my card:

Just stamped the Santa and colored with Copics, matted on a black layer, then popped onto my card. Card base comes from Hero Arts' Foliage Designer layering papers pack; the patterned papers are from the Paper Studio (Pine St. Square 4.5x6.5 pack). The sentiment is from CL896 Winter Scene, also by Hero Arts.

Be sure to stop at Merry Monday for more Christmas card making inspiration!! Hope you're having a crafty weekend and thanks for stopping!