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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.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Mini Slimline Frame Thank You

Hey crafty friends - I was enabled again by the talented Rosemary (Hey There....Rosigrl!) to get another A Jillian Vance Design (AJVD) die. This time it was the Mini Slimline Frame Die Set. You can see Rosemary's gorgeous card with it HERE.

When I checked the product page at AJVD, Jillian shared a video about using regular slimline coverplates behind the mini slimline frame. Such fun, so I promptly ordered the frame. I already owned a suggested slimline coverplate to put behind it. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Momenta Watercolor & Gemstone Prints;
Neenah White; Paper Studio Brights
Sunny Studio Botanical Backdrop;
Hero Arts Autumn Bouquet;
Other - Simon Says Stamp Thanks Sentiment Strips;
Studio G black gem

I die cut the frame in a green watercolor print and the coverplate in an aqua-ish gemstone print. Layered them and backed in a rainbow piece of watercolor print. Layered a flower from bits I had die cut earlier and added a leafy stem. Quick and easy!

I'm adding this to Darnell's NBUS Challenge since my frame die is new. And to Watercooler Wednesday for Marsha's challenge All Things Feminine.

Thanks for stopping - hope you're enjoying the week!!


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all celebrating!!

Just popping in with a quick trio of Mother's Day cards. Lacking time, I changed up the colors and a few details but kept to the same design. These went to my mom, her sister (my second mom) and the Queen Mum - my former lead singer's mom & our quartet (retired now) coach.

Supplies: Paper - Momenta Watercolor Prints;
Paper Studio A2 cards & black cardstock
Stamps - Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday
Dies - Sunny Studio Botanical Backdrop
Other - Michaels gems

I'm celebrating with my parents - our typical Sunday of take-out Chinese food. Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping!!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

April Card Chain Reveal

May 2nd already - before you know it Memorial Day will arrive!! It's time to reveal the cards that went round the world for the Card Chain Challenge - you can see the entire chain of 30 HERE. I sent this card to the amazing Robyn (Waterlily Cards by Robyn) in Australia. Sadly, she hasn't received it yet - sorry for going ahead and publishing... ** UPDATE ** Robyn recd my card May 12th - yay!!

Supplies: Paper - Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes;
Paper Studio solids; Ms Sparkle & Co pastel woodgrain
Stamps - Hero Arts Scribble Bold Prints (retired) &
Color Layering Water Lilies (sentiment, retired)
Dies - LDRS Creative Slimline Corner Scallop Die Set
Embossing Folder - Darice Woodgrain
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Peacock Feathers 
& Rustic Wilderness

Once again I used the colors and sketch, plus the theme of friendship. 

I was pretty literal in using the sketch but I added some stamped texture to the pale lavender background panel. I combined two inks to get the "jade" color I desired on the scribble background which I cut into the strips. I embossed the strip behind the flower for some additional texture, then kept the rest simple. For overseas mail it's all about keeping it light and low on layers!!

I received this cutie from the delightful, cat loving Janis (Her Peaceful Garden) in Idaho USA:

Nary a cat on it but Janis also sent a kitty embossing folder - her gift to a random winner (me, me, me!) at Let's Squash It!! Thanks for the ef, Janis, and the extra die cut bits too!! Thought I'd share the card I made with the ef to thank her:

The embossing folder is Cats by Darice. Can't remember where I got the cute little paw print tag...

If you'd like to sign up for May's Card Chain, you have until May 6th HERE. You make and send one card and get a handmade card from the next person in the chain - always a joy!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Last day for the April Diva Challenge!

Hi everyone - if you haven't entered our Window or Aperture Challenge at Die Cut Divas, you have until 9p Pacific Time today!! You don't need to use Poppystamps products like we are, just be sure to use a window or aperture in your design along with a die cut or an embossing folder. We'd love to see you in the gallery!! 

The end-of-month team (which includes me) has a post up for inspiration. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah, Paper Studio, Momenta
Dies - Poppy Stamps Cottage Window &
Sunny Studio Botanical Backdrop;
A Jillian Vance Design Dot Stitched Rectangle
Stamps - Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit 3/2021;
Taylored Expressions A Few Phrases &
Other - Copic Markers; Memento inks

My design features the darling Cottage Window die set from Poppystamps. I used it to make an actual window to the inside of the card backed by a piece of acetate. Here's a view of the inside with the open window:

I cut the acetate with the same rectangle die as the card front/back and glued with Nuvo liquid glue which dried nice & clear. I scored the back rectangle at .5 and glued to the front one to form the card base. My flower came from a Poppystamp easel card set & the flower stem is a leftover piece of a leafy frame.

Thanks again to our fabulous sponsor Poppystamps!! Be sure to check back at Die Cut Divas tomorrow for a new challenge and on the 3rd for the April winner announcement.

Thanks for stopping!!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Sleigh Collage

Hi all - I'm back with my third and final sleigh card for Christmas Kickstart Challenge 49

Supplies: Paper - Tim Holtz Christmas 2020;
Paper Studio Holiday & black; Neenah white
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop
Other - Tim Holtz Christmas Snippets & Layers

Since the Tim Holtz ephemera packs were out from my previous sleigh cards, I also pulled out his 2020 Christmas 8x8 paper pad. Found a fun red woodgrain paper to use as a background for a collage with an old fashioned Santa & sleigh postcard. The bell swag (hard to see) has the sentiment Merry Christmas.

And now for a twofer. My Christmas card production has been lagging this year so I decided to create with more leftover bits. I had some stitched squares from a previous slimline where I just used the frame. I played around with some ephemera from a 2019 Spellbinders card kit and came up with this:

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio and Anchor Paper, Neenah White
Dies - LDRS Creative Slim Line Corner Scallop;
Sunny Studio Botanical Backdrop
Other - Spellbinders 10/2019 card kit Sparkling Holidays;
Michael's gems

Hope you're having a crafty week - thanks for stopping!! Please check back tomorrow for the end of month Die Cut Divas card using Poppystamps products.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sleigh take two

Hey there - hope you're having a great week. Since I had the supplies still out, I did a second version of my sleigh card from Friday. This will be my second of three possible entries for the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge:

Supplies: Paper - Basic Grey Aspen Frost 6x6;
Paper Studio Holiday & Co'redinations Black
Dies - Poppystamps Capri Sleigh (retired)
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangles;
Other - Tim Holtz Christmas Layers (2020);
Michael's ribbon

The Tim Holtz Christmas Layers pack I used on Friday also had a red 25 so I decided to create a second sleigh card with a little different feel. The pointing hand & the little items (cut off of a stocking) popping out of the sleigh were from the TH pack too. My Basic Grey paper pack had a loose tag that I'd die cut previously - no idea which die I used. I decided to use the tag as a base for my collage elements.

Thanks again to Jo & her elf for the fun challenge!! I'll also add this to Watercooler Wednesday's All Occasions Challenge. Thanks Dawn & WCW team!! 

And thanks to you for visiting - I'd love to hear which sleigh card you prefer!


Friday, April 23, 2021

Merry Days Sleigh

TGIF everyone!! I'm trying to ramp up the Christmas card production and created this card for the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge:

Supplies: Paper - BoBunny Yuletide Carol 6x6;
Paper Studio Holiday; Tim Holtz Kraft Metallic
Dies - Poppystamps Capri Sleigh (retired)
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangles;
Michael's gems
Other - Tim Holtz Christmas Layers (2020);

Because the sleigh has a vintage feel, I perused my piles of paper pads to find the perfect match. BoBunny's Yuletide Carol Collection from 2018 fit the bill. I thought the jumbo 25 from Tim Holtz Christmas Layers pack tied in well with the reverse sentiment strip. I added a black shadow to the sleigh to make it stand out a bit better.

Thanks to Jo & her elf for a fun Christmas challenge!! I'm also adding this to Watercooler Wednesday where my friend Dawn (Dawn's World) is hosting an All Occasions Challenge. Thanks Dawn & WCW team for the inspiration!!

Enjoy your weekend!!


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Window to a shaker!

Welcome everyone - hope you're having a lovely day!!

I'm the featured designer at Die Cut Divas today. We're showcasing Poppystamps products - love them and I have a fair few! I chose the new Fern and Daisy Pop-up Easel set on a recent online shopping spree. I adore Poppystamps pop-up easel die sets and couldn't resist this one. Rather than make a pop-up card, though, I made a shaker!

Supplies: Paper - Ms Sparkle A2 card; Neenah white;
Paper Studio orange and glitter; Lawn Fawn plaid; 
vellum & acetate
Spectacular Birthday (sadly retired)
Other - Darice sequins; Martha Stewart glitter; Honey Bee gems

I used the frame and leafy layer to cut white panels, die cut an oval window through both and adhered them together. I backed the panel with acetate, added foam tape for a channel & filled with glitter & sequins. I popped it onto a panel of patterned paper that Poppystamps gifted to me with my order - thanks!! Next I cut the sentiment (glitter paper with a vellum mat) and adhered it over the window. Then I cut a bunch of butterflies using more dies from the set - this set is loaded with great pieces!! Adhered to the card with some gems - done!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll join us at Die Cut Divas with your window card - go HERE to link to the gallery by April 30th at 9pm Pacific time.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Father's Day Gentleman

Hey everyone - Back with a quick card for the latest Let's Squash It!! challenge to use three embossing folders and a person image. Had to think about it for a bit but came up with this:

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio; Authentique Suave 6x6
Stamps - Divinity Designs Artistic Outpost Hats Off;
Paper Smooches (NIB) All Year Cheer
Embossing Folders - Sizzix Tim Holtz Argyle;
Stampin' Up Subtle; Darice Woodgrain
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Dot Stitched Rectangles
Inks - Black Soot & Pumice Stone Distress;
Memento Rich Cocoa

I was flipping through my stamps looking for people images and found the fabulous Hats Off set. Figured I might as well go for a masculine card and enter it at Watercooler Wednesday but - oops - that challenge closed already. Oh well.... 

One of my embossing folders stands out and the other two blend in. The kraft background is embossed with Tim Holtz's Argyle, then I rubbed some Pumice Stone ink across it to enhance the texture. Next I embossed the stamped gentleman image with Stampin' Up's Subtle ef - just love the effect!! I stamped the sentiment strip and embossed it with Darice's Woodgrain ef, then rubbed some ink over parts of it. Assembled everything & done!!

Wow - I'm getting ahead of myself since I made my Father's Day card before I've even thought about Mother's Day!! I think my Dad will get a kick out of the old fashioned gentleman.

Thanks for stopping and enjoy the rest of your day!! I hope you'll visit again tomorrow when I'll be sharing a card for Die Cut Divas!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Rainbow Merry Christmas

Happy Monday! I'm sharing a card for the current CAS Christmas Challenge, hosted by the amazing Trina (Phamtastic Design). Here's my rainbow themed card:

Supplies: Paper - Bazzill A2 card; Neenah; Paper Studio
Sunny Studio Slimline Pennant Dies &
Other - various Distress Inks;

I first sponged Distress inks in rainbow colors onto a white panel, then die cut my letters. Funny aside, I cut the word HAPPY instead of MERRY at first - must've been thinking of birthday cards I need!! Luckily, I had enough of the rainbow panel to cut the second word. 😀😀

I stacked the rainbow letters with a set of thick white ones, then added a black shadow. Adhered the letters onto a white card but had to cut it down since the top corner of the card got wrinkled. I used a slimline stitched pennant die with the ends cut off. Added the panel to a red card and popped up the Christmas strip. Decided the M didn't have enough red so added a red poinsettia with gem - done!!

Thanks to Trina & the CAS Christmas team for a fun challenge! I need these challenges to keep up my Christmas card production, although I'm lagging a bit behind last year....

**Update** - At Gundi's invitation, I'm also adding to the Day of the Month Card Club Find a Rainbow Day challenge. Thanks Gundi (papierelle)!!

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty week!!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Twofer Leaves

 Hey crafty friends - sorry I've been missing in action again! Seems I don't get as much time card making & blogging these days... Anyway, I'm popping in with a twofer for the current Twofer Challenge.

I used a fabulous coverplate from Sunny Studio that I got back in January and just love - Botanical Backdrop. Besides the leafy frame you get flower parts - I still haven't snipped them apart from the frame since it's handy to cut everything together or use it all to emboss. 

For card one I cut everything in white and just used the frame. Note - I did snip off a leaf that covered part of my sentiment. For card two I placed scraps of green on just the leaves I wanted from the die and then snipped off the frame parts. I used the white flowers from step one plus a few pastel parts left from other projects. The oval was another leftover part. Here's a closer look at each card with supply list:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah White; Momenta Gemstones;
Paper Studio A2 card
Die - Sunny Studio Botanical Backdrop
Stamp - CAS-ual Fridays Peace and Comfort (retired)
Other - Taylored Expressions clear enamel dots & Oreo ink

Supplies: Paper - Neenah White; Momenta Watercolor;
Concord & 9th; Authentique; Paper Studio A2 card
Dies - Sunny Studio Botanical Backdrop;
Avery Elle Quilted Frame
Other - Copic Marker R20; SSS Thanks Sentiment Strips

We've experienced such loss of life worldwide in this last year. I hope you can find peace and comfort somewhere! Thanks for the visit and thanks to Darnell & team for another challenge!!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Wishes!!

Happy Easter wishes to all celebrating today! We're expecting temps into the 70s F so looking forward to that!! Over at Die Cut Divas we're doing window cards with Poppystamps as our sponsor. Of course I had to go shopping! My "masterpiece" this year uses a new easel die set from Poppystamps but has nothing to do with the window theme... It went to my friend Heather (stamping and stitching) and her family. 

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts (retired), Neenah, Paper Studio
Dies - Poppystamps Woven Basket Pop Up Easel Set,
Splendid Happy Easter, & Folk Decorated Eggs (retired)
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter
Other - Copic Markers; 
Tumbled Glass & Pumice Stone Distress Inks

The stopper above the Happy Easter was borrowed from another pop-up easel set. I did several other versions but will only share a blue one. I added Taylored Expressions Backstory Easter Background to the blue sky behind the bunnies. It's a new stamp and I didn't have it when I made the first version.

Then I took a break from bunnies to do a sun ray background with lilies (from a retired Hero Arts clear set). I attended TE's online Stamp Joy event at the end of March and the sun ray stencil was part of the event kit. Had a wonderful time and made 11 cards. One was designed for multiples and we were given supplies enough for 4 cards; I just have to finish the other 3 for a total of 14 cards from the event. Sadly we can't share the class cards outside the class website but I made a totally different card with the supplies I purchased so I'll share that at some point. The sun ray stencil is called Here Comes the Sun - perfect for a Beatles lover!

When I cut the small rayed rectangle, I had enough left to cut a frame. I used it to build another bunny scene (I stamped a bunch of bunnies and die cut loads of Easter eggs!). For this one my grass was cut with Lawn Fawn's Grassy Border.

Since my easel die set got first play here, I'm adding card one to Darnell's April NBUS challenge.

Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful day!!

Friday, April 2, 2021

March Card Chain Reveal

Woo Hoo - time for another Card Chain reveal - see the full chain of 34 HERE!! My card flew across the pond to the lovely Jo (Just a Dotty Pudding).

Supplies: Paper - Neenah White; Doodlebug; Lawn Fawn
Dies - Hero Arts Autumn Bouquet Fancy Dies;
Stamp - Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy (sentiment)
Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio & Kitsch Flamingo
Distress Oxide Inks
Other - Pink and Main enamel hearts

I used the colors and the sketch, plus theme of friendship.

I blended the three colors onto a piece of Neenah using Distress Oxide inks, then spritzed the panel with water for some texture. Trimmed the piece and added it to a black mat along with the panels of patterned paper. Adhered to a white A2 card base. Die cut the flower, stem, and bow & applied to the panel. Stamped the sentiment and added some enamel hearts - done! 

Jo loved the card and I was delighted it only took a week to get to her!! Update to the tale of the February Card Chain card Jo sent me: the poor card was returned to her by the USPS for unknown reasons. It arrived back a bit battered, according to Jo, so she made a new card but salvaged the original polar bears to put on the inside. I used Jo's photo of her Feb card in my March 2nd reveal post but here's a photo of the remake (rec'd March 19th). Thanks so much, Jo - I love it and I'm sorry you had a tangle with the USPS!!

I'm expecting a lovely card from Helen (Helen G Designs) - can't wait til it arrives!! If you want to join in the fun, go here to sign up for the April chain by 4/6 - we enjoy it so much! You only make & send one card and then receive a handmade card.

Thanks for visiting & have a crafty day!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Last of March Diva Inspiration!

Hi friends - the Divas have some last of the month inspiration using Sunny Studio products - see them all here

I made a quick & easy thank you card using a bunch of border dies:

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio Brights
Dies - Sunny Studio Slimline Basic Borders and
Other - Jolee Music Note Stickers; foam tape

I die cut three borders, then used the negative of two of them as additional layers. One of the dies imbeds the stitches so I used it on the topmost layer. Kinda reminds me of a fiesta - love the bright colors!! This one went to a Sweet Adeline friend who worked really hard on a project to honor past Regional Champion quartets, including mine - Chord Company - champs 6 times back in the day (retired in 2010).

You still have time to upload your slimline card to the Die Cut Diva March Slimline Challenge - link up ends at 9pm Pacific time today. Our wonderful sponsor Sunny Studio has furnished a $15 gift card to their store; the winner will be announced at Die Cut Divas on April 3rd. Many thanks again to Mendi at Sunny Studio!!

Thanks for stopping and happy crafting!!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Spring Slimline

Hey everyone - I'm the featured designer at Die Cut Divas today, sharing a slimline with Sunny Studio products! Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio Brights; Neenah White;
Momenta Watercolor; Tim Holtz Menagerie;
scrap of pink Heidi Swapp glitter paper
Dies - Sunny Studio Slimline Pennant Dies.
Stamps - Sunny Studio A Good Egg (with dies)
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles

If you want fabulous products and great service, check out our March sponsor, Sunny Studio. I've been a satisfied customer since 2016. When I suggested the theme of slimline cards for the Divas to use in March, I already owned 3 Sunny Studio slimline die sets. A fourth one came out January 8th and I promptly ordered it, deciding on the spot to make a pennant-shaped card. I cut two of the large pennants and scored the back one to hinge the opening. I used the next sized pennants to cut two layers. There's also a fourth narrow pennant, great for sentiments or to cut down for little flags. The set also contains two styles of scalloped borders - an excellent value!! 

One of my earliest slimline purchases was the Scalloped Frames set, which includes sentiment dies. I used the "greetings" from that set, combined with the "spring" from the new Layered Basket die set. The little tulip die came free with an order but can be purchased in a mini set to which I linked in the supply list. The grass came from the Slimline Nature Borders set. My chick in the egg is from a favorite stamp set I purchased 5 years ago; finally got the coordinating dies last year - well worth it!!

Had to laugh - I showed my mom this card and she wasn't very enthusiastic about it. "What don't you like?" I asked. She wouldn't be specific - hope you all can find something you like about it! I think it's a a very happy card!! 😉

That's it from me. Thanks for stopping and the Divas & I hope to see your slimline card in the Diva gallery this month!! Please use a die cut of some kind and link up by March 31st at 9pm Pacific time.

Special thanks to Mendi at Sunny Studio for her kindness and generosity, including a $15 prize to our random winner (look for the announcement on April 3rd). Happy crafting!!