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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, June 29, 2019

Pair of Christmas cards

Hey everyone - hope you're enjoying the weekend! Unseasonably warm here today - high of 88F. Perfect time to stay indoors and make Christmas cards - LOL. I've been behind on building my stash and vowed to work on it, as well as to use some items in the UFO box. Here are a couple cards I created today with a snowflake theme:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle purple A2 card; Paper Studio glitter
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Doodlebug Frosty Friends 6x6 pad
Authentique Suave 6x6 pad; purple by unknown
Dies - My Favorite Things various Blueprints (retired) ; Elizabeth Ornament Set 2 (retired)
Hero Arts Christmas Trimmings Stamp & CutCC Designs snowflake (retired)
Embossing Folder - Sizzix Winter Snowflakes
 Other - Silver metallic pen; Hero Arts gems

The ornament and the snowflake were from my UFO box but the Merry Christmas diecuts in there were green, red and gold. I decided I wanted silver so cut it from glitter paper, then twice from white for thickness, and once from blue for a shadow. The white panel was in the UFO box but it was an under-embossed sweater knit piece. I decided to try embossing it with a new-to-me 3D snowflake folder and really liked the resulting dimension!

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle purple A2 card; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
BoBunny Woodland Winter 6x6 pad; Poptone Black Licorice
Dies - My Favorite Things various Blueprints (retired) 
Spellbinders Lacy Squares (retired)
Other - Michael's gems

The stitched square with the inlaid snowflake came from my friend Heather - thanks again, Heather!! I don't know what brand it is but love the color combo. I decide to frame it with a scalloped square and add it to some BoBunny paper. Huh - funny shadow on the left of the card but it is, in fact, all white!!

That's it from here - another pair for the stash - yay!! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day

Hi all - I'm here with a Father's Day card I made my sweet dad. We'll be celebrating later today, probably by cooking something on the grill and playing Phase 10, a card game we love. Here's my card to Dad:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle Shimmer Blue A2 card;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Poptone Black; Hero Arts blue; 
Basic Grey Bowties plaid; yellow scrap from an Authentique pad
Stamps - Hero Arts Dad's Day (retired)
Silhouette Design 61555 Happy Father's Day Phrase by Kolette Hall
Die - MFT Blueprints rectangle (retired)

I used a 2009 stamp set for the tools; it's long retired but I still love it! I stamped the tools and colored with Copics, adding glossy accents to the metal parts. I cut the sentiment on the Silhouette twice with black and with blue so I could mix & match and add shadows. The sentiment background came with the file and I cut it in white, then popped it with foam tape.

That's it for today. Hope you're having a wonderful if celebrating!!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Twofer Challenge = Bees!

Hey there - hope you're enjoying your week! I finally had a chance to play along at this month's Twofer Challenge #17. Here's my Twofer:

I have very few stamps with bees but I picked the bee image from a bug set by Hero Arts. I had an idea to cut a beehive on the Silhouette for one card and I found a flower cluster to cut for another. I always need birthday cards so I gave the flower card a birthday sentiment. Hmmmm - what occasion could I use on the beehive card?? I finally settled upon Hello because I wanted to use a little sentiment oval. There wasn't much room for anything else!

As usual, I cut a bunch of random shapes using white cardstock so I could color them as needed. I included a Bee Mine message to get a three-fer with a Valentine card! Here's each card separately with a supply list.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid - Spring;
DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 card; Poptone Black Licorice; scrap of poppy
Stamps - Hero Arts CL953 Mason Jar Bugs (and coordinating dies) - retired and
CM336 Hero Arts Hero Greetings Occasions 
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired); Hero Arts DC150 Happy Stamp & Cut
Silhouette Design ID 295641 Flower Corner by Wild Pilot
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles, foam tape

Supplies: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid - Spring 6x6 pad;
Paper Studio A2 card; Poptone Black Licorice
Stamps - Hero Arts CL953 Mason Jar Bugs (and coordinating dies) - retired and
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired); Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
Silhouette Design ID 274645 Beehive by Miss Kate Cuttables
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles, foam tape

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Authentique Beloved Valentine 6x6 pad;
Memory Box Red Pepper A2 card; Poptone Black Licorice; scraps of red
Stamps - Hero Arts CL953 Mason Jar Bugs (and coordinating dies) - retired
Silhouette Design ID 113377 Bee Mine Card by Suzanne Cannon
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 (retired)
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles, foam tape

Whew - glad to get three more cards completed for the stash. Thanks to Darnell & crew at the Twofer Challenge for another fun theme. Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Grad cards

I'm back to share the grad card I made for my niece Annika who graduated high school last night. Her grad party is coming up soon and I'm looking forward to celebrating with her! My mom and I actually made cards together a couple weeks ago and I photographed both cards together (background is my parents' couch - LOL). I look for things to do with my mom when I visit - we put together a lot of puzzles and occasionally make cards.

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 card; Tim Holtz Kraft Metallic;
Doodlebug Hat's Off; Poptone Black; Shimmery Silver (brand unknown)
Dies - MFT Blueprints rectangles (retired); Hero Arts stars (retired);
Spellbinders Lacy Squares (retired); Poppystamps All Star Collage;
Momenta alphabet
Silhouette Design 82725 Graduation by Studio Ilustrado
Stamps with dies - Stampendous Everyday Chicks
Other - Paper Studio Graduation stickers; Copic Markers

I have a little envelope full of different elements for grad cards, plus a pile of 3D stickers with a grad theme. I grabbed those, some card bases and grad papers. Then I crammed tools like a diecutting machine, paper trimmer, stamping tool, ink, stamps, etc into some Thirty-One bags and hit the road. Ready for a fun crafty day with mom. She chose her elements and papers and I helped her a bit with some of it. Her card is on the right.

After mom picked her elements, I chose from the remainders. Really loved the little chickie grad I had stamped, colored, and cut a while ago. Thought she'd be cute perched on a grad scroll sticker. Decided to echo my mom's choice of a star by cutting the star collage into my grad paper. It cut a bunch of stars too which I saved for a future project. The sentiments on both cards are strips from the Doodlebug paper pad - really made finishing these cards easy!

Thanks for stopping and have a great weekend!!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Gifts at CAS Christmas

Hi all - it's been ages since my last post and I missed the May CAS Christmas Challenge - boo hoo!! My Christmas card production lags behind last year so I need to step it up! This month the ladies at CAS Christmas are featuring gifts for the June Challenge.

For my first card I cut the Stacked Gifts by Sophie Gallo on the Silhouette. Take a look:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle pastel A2 card; Penny Black Holiday Trimmings;
Paper Studio glitter paper; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; scrap of neon green
Silhouette Design ID 70463 Stacked Gifts
Die - Our Daily Bread Mini Tags (retired)
Stamps - Mini Tag Sentiments (retired)

I cut two Stacked Gifts from glitter papers and decided to work with a green one first. I backed the different gifts with papers from Penny Black and used a white offset mat. Because there were some pastels in the papers, I went with a pink card for a non-traditional color combo. The mini tags and sentiments made adding a gift tag a breeze!

When I cut the white offset mat for the gifts, I cut a bunch of other white shapes - I often do this to use up my paper. I figure the shapes can always be colored to fit the project. I cut a bunch of snowflakes this time, including the word JOY with a snowflake in the O. The Penny Black paper happened to have a page with a bunch of icons in circles (stocking, ornament, etc). One was a pile of gifts so I decided to use the JOY word and cover the O with a layered circle topped with the gift circle. Here's that card:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle pastel A2 card; Penny Black Holiday Trimmings;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Silhouette Design 110035 Joy Phrase by Sarah Bailey and
Design 67447 Three Snowflakes by Sophie Gallo
Stamp - Hero Arts Holiday Florals Bold Prints

I colored the J and Y with a wine colored copic, then stamped over it for texture. Layered my circles for the O, plus a snowflake from a different file (saved the O snowflake for another project). Since the pink cards were out, I used another one!

I started working with a red Stacked Gifts, playing with solid scraps of paper to form the "wrapping paper". As primary colors came out, I decided to make it a birthday card! Shame on me when I'm supposed to be adding to the Christmas stash - oh well.... The only change besides the gift papers were a background mat cut using BoBunny Believe papers and a Memory Box red pepper A2 card.

That's it for today! I'm off to enjoy the nice weather we're having and get a coffee. My niece graduates from high school tonight so later this weekend I hope to blog the card I made her. I won't go to the ceremony as they barely get enough tickets for the immediate family. Darn!

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