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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.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hi all and Happy Thanksgiving to those in the great USA who are celebrating today!! I'm helping my dad make Elegant Chicken - once again turkey is off the menu due to all the wild turkeys running through their yard every day. Gotta admit I don't enjoy eating turkey anymore either - LOL!

Last week I shared a Thanksgiving card for the Twofer Challenge - see it here if you missed it. That one will go to my brother and sister-in-law when they join us for dinner. Here are 5 more cards I made for family and friends:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle Jewel A2 card; Target glitter paper;
Trio Window card by unknown; scrap of orange;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BoBunny 
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Happy Feast (retired)
Other - Copic Markers; recycled Hallmark card; Target bronze twine

The card at left has the same Lawn Fawn smiling foods as my Twofer card but I put them in a card with a trio of precut circles. I always feel there's something missing when I use these cards so this time I added frames to the circles plus two layered sentiment circles. The card at right uses a background paper and sentiment I cut from a Hallmark thank you card I received. I just loved the card and thought it would be great for Thanksgiving. Luckily it was an A7 size so I could cut a stitched rectangle and still trim off the sentiment. I cut the Hero Arts pumpkin from glitter paper and backed it with some plain orange. Then I added some shading with a brown pencil. For the vines on top, I cut just the end portions of the Spellbinders flower vine die.

Supplies: Paper - DCWV A2 cards; BoBunny, Authentique
Dies - My Favorite Things - various retired Blueprints
Tim Holtz Stitched Framelets

I've had the Deep Red stamp for a while but hadn't used it for Thanksgiving cards yet. The color washed out a bit on the bottom card but I did use more muted colors on the cornucopia. I liked the darker, warmer version better, I think.

I'm grateful for so many things in my life, including wonderful crafting and blogging friends like you!! Thanks for stopping!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

CAS Christmas - Santa

Hi all - time for a play at this month's CAS Christmas Challenge to use Santa. I just love Santa images and have a bunch. Wish I could find that vintage woodblock Santa, though - he's around here somewhere.... Without that stamp, I decided to use a Santa head Silhouette image by Lori Whitlock.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White;
Authentique Colorful Christmas; scrap of BoBunny dotted red
Stamps - Hero Arts CG211 Magical Background & CL618 Holiday Conversation (both retired)
Embossing folder - Taylored Expressions Subway Tile
Silhouette Design - ID 69522 Santa Claus
Other - Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Puffy Embossing Powder

I started out by cutting four sets of the Santa head out of white paper. Next I colored, stamped or embossed the bits as desired. Once that part was done, assembly of the Santa head went quickly. I embossed the subway tile background on a white card and tried the Santa head alone - ugh. Decided to give him a circle body - much better but then he needed some ground to stand on! Quickie sentiment bubble. Done!! Hope this is CAS enough - any foam tape I used was ultra thin....

Version 2 has a oval body and a diecut Merry (not sure of brand - it was laying on the craft table) with a stamped Christmas from Hero Arts (Merry Stamp & Cut). I simplified the Santa hat by leaving off the puffy embossing powder. The paper for the oval is from Pink & Main's Jolly collection. I trimmed the subway tile panel and mounted to a green card.

Two more sets of Santa heads left to use and then I'll have four quick cards done for the stash! Not much time before I'll have to start readying my cards for mailing. Once again I procrastinated on getting the insides of my cards done so I'll have to start working on that....

Thanks for stopping & I hope you have a crafty week even with all the Thanksgiving prep!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Twofer Wreath Challenge - Take Two

Couldn't resist doing another pair for this month's Twofer Card Challenge featuring wreathes.

My common wreath element is a beauty from a Spellbinders Wreath Stamp & Die set. I colored one in more summery colors and the other in mostly dark reds & greens. For the Christmas card I added pine needles to some of the wreath's twiggy branches. Here's each card separately with supply list:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; 
DCWV Ms Sparkle pastel card
BoBunny Serendipity; Graphic 45 Botanical Tea
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-namics various Blueprints
Other - Copic Markers; Michael's gems; Hero Arts pearls;
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Paper Studio Glitter;
Lawn Fawn Spruce Notecard; Poptone Black Licorice
Other - Copic Markers; Stickles; Michael's ribbon;
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

I'm adding the Christmas card to this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: All That Glitters is Gold. With a friend on the Design Team (Lin) and friends playing along (Sally, Darnell & Heather as of this post), how could I not contribute?! Besides the gold bow and hanger, I used gold Stickles on the flowers. My Lawn Fawn is the card base - just love these smaller top-fold cards; I have oodles of them!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a crafty week!!


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Twofer Wreath!

Hi all - the November Twofer Card Challenge was announced yesterday and I was eager to play along since I missed last month. Darnell and company are using wreaths this month - yay!

Something new this month & ongoing, stencils are allowed as the common element. So - two cards, two different occasions, same stamp, die or stencil. I'm working on Thanksgiving cards now so it made sense to start there. For my second card, I decided to get in another Christmas card. Since Merry Monday ended, I haven't kept up on my production quota - woe is me!! My common element is a twig wreath die from an old Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit - long sold out, unfortunately.

Here's each card individually with the supply list:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV A2 card; scraps of colors &
scrap of Authentique Thankful (2012)
Target glitter paper
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Happy Feast (retired)
Dies - Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit
Other - scrap of ribbon; Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Copic Markers

Supplies: Paper - DCWV A2 card; scraps of colors & glitter;
Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft
Dies - Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit;
Other - silver gel pen; orange Stickles; Pine Needles Distress Ink

Neither photo of the Christmas card captures the beautiful jewel tone blue of the card base. I was shopping (big surprise?) yesterday at JoAnn and they had boxed cards 60% off - practically free! Well, I have many of these boxes in the stash but allowed myself one box of the DCWV Ms. Sparkle Jewel cards. Five great colors and I started using the pumpkin colored ones right away for my Thanksgiving cards. When I was trying different card bases for the Christmas card, the blue caught my eye - what do you think? The scripty sentiment was a pain - so delicate! I layered a white one under the silver one (a second white one became a hopeless tangle) - of course, glue got all over. I covered up some glue drips on the blue card with some strategic silver dots, then added a bunch more dots.

Thanks to the Twofer folks for a fun challenge! And thanks to you for stopping!!