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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 11, 2021

Double Embossing!

Hey there - gloomy day today but perfect for hitting the craft studio! I'm sharing a card I made this morning for the current Let's Squash It! challenge to double emboss. I chose the category of embossing with two different folders. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah white; Paper Studio A2 card & green;
Black by unk; Tim Holtz Kraft Metallic Jewels
Embossing folders - Stampin' Up Subtle (retired);
Dies - My Favorite Things Christmas String Lights;
Pierced Rectangle Frames (retired)

Thanks to Betty (created by bjk) for the 3D embossed TH poinsettia panels - she sent me some black and some white ones. Gorgeous!! I figured a 3D one would withstand being embossed a second time & went with the SU Subtle folder which gave it a lovely texture. Thought a frame would be fun, then ran across a light string I made recently using a new die. Decided to string it across the frame. Added a sentiment strip - done! Here's a close up of the texture in the background which is hard to see in main photo (looks like I have some white specks to brush off...):

Quick funny story....I'm constantly losing things and have been missing a little label die for over a year. When I went to put away the MFT frame, the set fell on the floor and lo & behold the little label popped off the back of the magnet sheet. Yay!!! I hate losing things and that label was from a retired Hero Arts Stamp & Cut set which I love. I always thank my guardian angel when things like this happen, especially after I was cussing out the set that fell on the floor!!

I'll also add this to Darnell's NBUS Challenge (my light string is new) and to Watercooler Wednesday All About Occasions. Thanks to all for the fun challenges!!

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!!

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Winter Village Gray and Red

Happy weekend!! I'm glad to get some time in the craft studio this morning! Today I'm sharing a card for Marcia's October challenge at CAS Christmas - use gray and red - so fun!!

Supplies: Paper - Neenah
Stamps - all by Taylored Expressions:
On Dasher, On Dancer
Inks - Memento Rhubarb Stalk & London Fog

The village stamp was a Taylored Expressions gift with purchase for October so I doubt the link I listed will work beyond this month. I've seen TE offer some of the previous year's gifts, though, so the village might come back in 2022. The Santa sleigh stamp was a gift from TE too - not sure if it was part of a set or a former stand alone stamp. I named it On Dasher, On Dancer because TE currently offers a die in this design.

Before stamping the village I masked off the bottom since the silhouette has more ground than I wanted to ink. I also used a negative circle mask to sponge a soft gray moon. My mask slipped a bit but I just went with it. Very quick and easy one layer - perfect for mass production! One could add stars etc but I kept it simple.

In case you're wondering about the paper Christmas tree, I created it last year in an online Concord and 9th class - if you missed my post about it, go HERE.

That's it for today friends! I'm also adding my card to Darnell's October NBUS Challenge since my village and sleigh are new. And to Watercolor Wednesday where Helen hosts All About Occasions. Thanks to all for the fun challenges and to you for visiting!

Happy crafting!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Celebrate - It's My Party!!

Hey crafty friends - I'm delighted to be the Guest Designer at Day of the Month Card Club! We're celebrating "It's My Party" Day this month

Supplies: Paper - Neenah white;
Paper Studio black and glitter;
Momenta watercolor print
Dec 2016 MMH kit (sold out)
Stamps - Hero Arts Sparkle Clear - Party (retired) & 
Dec 2016 MMH kit
Other - Paper Studio Bright Abstract vinyl; Copic Markers;
3M foam tape, Hero Arts flower gem & clear lacquer

The actual celebration lands on October 11th and you can check out Leslie Gore singing the famous song on the Ed Sullivan Show (remember it?) HERE. You can see the Day of the Month Card Club August challenge winners post featuring my card HERE

For this month's theme, I had some fun with a Picket Fence Slimline set - love, love, love this one!! I started by adhering a strip of adhesive backed vinyl to white cardstock. Then I die cut it with the scalloped slimline rectangle, then cut a second one in white for the back. Scored the back piece and glued to front for a card base. 

Next I die cut the celebrate four times - pink glitter, black and two white. Layered the white for dimension, then glued the black, then white to the pink for shadow & depth. I glued the word to a narrow textured blue rectangle since the vinyl is so busy. Then I stamped the two circles and die cut both plus a larger pink circle. The stamp set I used came out in 2008, not long after I began making cards! The only alteration - the bigger circle sentiment says "It's a Party"; I did a little surgery and cut out the a, stamped it and then stamped "my" from a "Be my Valentine" sentiment. Yup - did a little surgery there too. All the stamps fit back together perfectly for stamping the original sentiments. I used Copics to add some blue to one circle and popped the smaller circle with foam tape. The little flower gems came with the stamp set and I hadn't used a one until now.

Things looked a little bare so I decided to add some party stuff. First thing that came to mind was a fun My Monthly Hero kit from - yikes - nearly 5 years ago. Love this one and use it often. I die cut the sunburst from the same pink glitter cardstock, plus a couple of the little stars. Then I stamped and die cut a party mask from the kit's stamp set. If you want to see more cards I made with the little masks, go HERE. If you'd like to see the vinyl embossed, go HERE.

Hope to see you in the challenge gallery which remains open until the end of the month! Thanks to Gundi, Rosi & Izzy for inviting me to guest design this month!!

Thanks for stopping & have a crafty day!!


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy WCMD everyone!! I'm visiting my parents today and brought some vintage cards from the 1950s to upcycle with my mom. Not sure of the brand since the box top was missing but they were so pretty and in great condition! I can't remember if I got them from my maternal grandmother or one of her sisters but one of them bought them in the '50s and never used them! I die cut a bunch of them using the Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set by A Jillian Vance Design. We embellished with some gems from JoAnn's and some sentiment strips from Simon Says Stamp.

First - here's  my mom's set:

Next - a few I made. I'm not sharing them all but I made 3 more for a total of 10 that Mom & Dad can mail out this holiday season. 

Here's Mom working diligently with glue. She needed some help with the small bits like gems she wanted to add.

And here's a selfie of Mom & I - barely got the cards in there, oh well...

I enjoyed sharing my card making with Mom! Hope you had a wonderful WCMD too!! If you're looking for my September Card Chain reveal post, go HERE. Thanks for stopping!!

September 2021 Card Chain Revealed!

Hi crafty friends - it's time to reveal the cards that went round the world for the September 2021 Card Chain Challenge! My card went to Marianne (Marianne's cards 'n stuff) in Greece which I learned at the last minute since I'd signed up in the first slot. That person always sends to the final person to sign up. I heard from Marianne that she received the card last week and loved the dimensional flowers - yay!! You can see the entire chain HERE.

Supplies: Paper - Sunny Studio Flirty Flowers 6x6;
Paper Studio pink; Momenta watercolor print;
Neenah white; Ms Sparkle green
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Sunny Studio Botanical Backdrop
My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 & 8 (retired)
Stamps - Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Other - Hero Arts Fresh Lawn ink & Paper Studio gems

I went with the colors and the sketch, as well as the themes of flowers & friendship.

My patterned paper looks a bit blue in the photo but it matches the periwinkle much better in real life! The peony card base reads a bit pale too, oh well - we can be liberal with the shades! For my take on the sketch I put the patterned paper behind the die cut to fill the long window in the diecut with the trio of windows on the bottom half.

I was excited to get this beauty from Pia (Pias Papir og Perler) in Norway who just joined the Card Chain - yay! I just love the silvery medallion filled with paper pieced flowers - so gorgeous, my photo doesn't do it justice. Pia also included some die cuts which I'll enjoy using - thanks again, Pia! I claim some Norwegian heritage on my paternal side of the family so it was fun to correspond with Pia. I mean, our pro football team is the Vikings - what does that tell you...

You have until October 6th to sign up HERE if you'd care to join the October chain - we'd love to see you! Thanks for stopping & happy World Card Making Day!!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Kitty with a Cauldron

Hey crafty friends - I made a quick card this afternoon for the current Tic Tac Toe Challenge #132. My friend Betty (created by bjk) hosts this week with a fun board she made - I just had to play along!! 

Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Ms Sparkle A2 card; Neenah white and black; 
Doodlebug & My Mind's Eye patterns
Stamps - Sunny Studio Bewitching
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Art Deco Backdrop Die Set;
Sunny Studio Bewitching Dies
Other - Copic Markers, Stickles, foam tape, 
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

I used the top left to bottom right diagonal of Die Cut*Free*Fall/Halloween Theme. Betty likes Halloween so I brewed up a cauldron full of fun for her. I couldn't resist Sunny Studio's cute kitty. She'll be useable all year round since the witchy hat is separate. Found a fun MME ombre paper and cut it with a deco die. The die set has a large A2 frame and then interior layers for matting. I didn't want to use the entire frame but trimmed some pieces for the right side of my card. Not sure if I like it but, oh well...

I used some Penny Black Halloween stamps for the background; thanks again to my friend Jean (Right as Rain) for sending them to me! The sentiment is from the kitty set. And here's a snippet of my first photo - I kept looking at it and realized my cauldron was upside down!! My first thought was, did I color the flames wrong - LOL. Had to carefully peel off the errant cauldron, flip it & reattach, then take a new photo - such a pain.

So that's my card for today - thanks to Betty for the fun TTTC board and to the rest of Team X for their inspiration! I'm also adding my card to Darnell's September NBUS Challenge since my kitty set is getting its first play today. Thanks Darnell for helping me use my stash!!

Hope you have a crafty day - thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Plaid Be Merry!

Welcome, crafty friends! It's a beautiful day in Minnesota with gorgeous blue skies - really makes you want to get out there & enjoy it! So what do I do? Stay inside and make a card... Here's my third and final entry at the current CAS Christmas Card Challenge to use plaid.

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Dove White Top Folded A2 card;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb
Stamps - Hero Arts Swirl Christmas & 
Family and Friends (both retired)
Stencils - CZ Designs Simple Patterns Trio;
Tim Holtz Stripes
Other - Pine Needles & Barn Door Distress Inks;
Hero Arts Red Royal ink; Parklane gem

I wanted to play with some Cathy Zielske stencils I just bought from Simon Says Stamp. The set comes with three - I just used the diagonal striped one here, brushing Pine Needles Distress ink onto a white A2 panel. It really makes a nice rectangle. Then I created the messy plaid by brushing Red Barn with Tim Holtz stripes vertically and Pine Needles horizontally, basically letting it go outside the diagonal rectangle to the sides and top. Realized my bottom border wasn't straight so I die cut my panel to get a nice spot for the sentiment. Cut 2 additional rectangles and layered for dimension. Stamped the reindeer over top of the plaid & added a gem, then adhered to an A2 top fold card (love these HA Dove cards!!).

I'll also add my card to Darnell's September NBUS Challenge since my CZ stencil is getting first play today. Thanks to all for fun challenges & to you for visiting!! Have a crafty day - now I'm off to enjoy the great outdoors!!


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Thanks Twofer

Happy weekend everyone - hope you get some time in the craft room! I had a chance this morning to create a couple of thank you cards. I was searching through my crafty stash and, lo & behold, found a binder full of embossing folders - yay!! A old Cuttlebug Thanks folder with loads of letters came forward to play in Let's Squash It! #12 - Sand It! using a numbers &/or letters folder. Also, I'll be guest designer at Day of the Month Card Club next month; my card will work perfectly for their September Challenge - World Gratitude Day

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Dove A2 card;
Paper Studio Brights & Glitter cardstocks;
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White:
Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Stock
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Thanks (retired)
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 8 & 32 (retired);
Stamps - Sunny Studio Words of Gratitude

I embossed and sanded a piece of Tim Holtz kraft core cardstock using the Thanks folder, then distressed the edges too. I had a die cut blue panel that I used to arrange my thanks and some red glitter pieces cut with Blueprints 8. I received the September My Monthly Hero kit in the mail on Thursday & had to play with it. Besides a stamp set and gorgeous layering stencils, there are two word dies. I used the outline portion of one of them. 

The little sentiment strip is from a new set by Sunny Studio. I taped the entire set into my MISTI with washi tape and stamped a white on black panel (didn't photograph it). Also stamped and white embossed a black panel; take a look at how fun this is:

After carefully hand trimming the lower right sentiments, I used my paper trimmer to cut strips from the remainder. Now I have loads of these little sentiment blocks with very little effort!! And now, a Twofer:

Additional Supplies: Paper - Sunny Studio Sweater Weather
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired);

I actually embossed this panel first - inked the ef with Salt Water Taffy ink (Taylored Expressions) for a chalkboard effect. Next I embossed the panel & ran blue ink along the raised edges, then sanded it. You can't really see the sanding effect well at all - very disappointing! That's when I went to the TH kraft core cardstock for my Squash It entry.

I'll also enter card one into Darnell's September NBUS Challenge since the thanks die is new and so is the sentiment strip stamp set. Thanks to all for fun challenges!

Thanks for visiting!



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Girl in Forest

Hey crafty friends - hope you're enjoying your day! I'm sharing this little girl card for inspiration at Die Cut Divas today - we're just doing two posts from the team this month 1st & 15th. We're using digital images by our sponsor Morgan's ArtWorld but they're not required for the challenge which has the theme of Anything Goes. Besides the card details for my little girl, I have a bonus card below!!

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts Dove White;
Paper Studio Brown; Neenah White; Momenta Watercolor print
Digi - Morgan's ArtWorld (Creative Art Design Studio) Children Set 1
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Background
Momenta Word Fetti (retired)
Taylored Expressions Birch Tree Cutting Plate
Stamps - Hero Arts Winter Time Fun
Other - Copic Markers; foam tape; white gel pen

To purchase our sponsor's images, please visit their website at Creative Art Design Studio.

Visit Morgan's ArtWorld Facebook Group HERE.


Our random prize winner, to be announced 10/3, will win some digi images from our sponsor!

Diva Arlene (A Bit of This and That) printed me some images for my posts since I have no printer. Anyway, this girl with the tree and flowers were on a page so I needed to fussy cut them all to arrange on my birch cover plate. Since I cut the birch trees in white, I decided not to color anything but the girl image. The bunny, shaded a bit but basically white, is from a Hero Arts stamp set. I had cut a bunch of words from the Word Fetti die set and decided to use "live laugh love" for the sentiment. Done!

And here's a bonus butterfly card:

Supplies: Paper - Ms Sparkle A2 card; Momenta watercolor print
Digi - Morgan's ArtWorld (Creative Art Design Studio) Fae 18
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Background;
Elizabeth Craft Designs Small Butterfly (retired) but 
Frantic Stamper had a couple left HERE
Stamps - Simon Says Stamp CZ Design Silhouette Sentiments
Other - Copic Markers; foam tape; white & black gel pens; 
Hero Arts ink; Park Lane gems

I love the digis for the variety of sizes you can print; thanks again to teamie Arlene for printing them! Like my previous Morgan digi butterflies, I gave this one a die cut body. The Copics I used can also be found at that previous post. I was enabled by my friend Lin (Sending Hugs) to get the Silhouette Sentiments set - thanks Lin! You can see her cards with that set HERE.

Looking forward to seeing your Anything Goes creations using a die cut &/or embossing folder in our Diva gallery by 9pm Pacific time on 9/30/21. Thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Big Birthday Balloons

Hey there - I'm back to redeem myself at Let's Squash It!! where I failed to read the fairly large print in the challenge post. I hastily read only the title and copied the banner that said to sand it. Well, you're to sand it alright, but must use an embossing folder with numbers or letters. OK - out with my previous card that contained neither and on to something new for Challenge 12!

Supplies: Paper - Echo Park Dots & Stripes;
Paper Studio red A2 card; Tim Holtz Jewel Kraft Metallic
Embossing Folder - Sizzix 3D Happy Birthday
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 26 (retired)
Stamps - Hero Arts It's Your Day & 
Birthday Sayings (both retired)

Most of my embossing folders aren't with me at present so I didn't think I had anything with a number around. Then Gail pointed out it could be letters too. LOL - just bought a new 3D folder last week when I was doing a paper search at Hobby Lobby. Also bought another embossing folder with the cut feature but it contains neither a # nor a letter...too bad. I also found a few glimmer plates on clearance, practically free!! Luckily I resisted buying one I already own.... 

For today's card, I die cut three MFT balloons and embossed them with the birthday folder, then sanded. Added to some striped paper on an A2 card, along with the strings and bow. It looked a bit bare so I stamped some party words on there - done!

Sorry again Gail, Jo & Alice for my error - hope this one works at Let's Squash It!! I'm also adding this to the current NBUS challenge since my embossing folder is new. I can also add to the current Watercooler Wednesday Challenge All About Occasions. Thanks to all for fun challenges - I'll try to read more carefully next time I enter one. Wish me luck!!

Thanks for stopping by & have a crafty day!!


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sanded embossing

Hey crafty friends - I'm a bit washed out from watching too many 9/11 documentaries. Ones I picked, though, focused on survivors and it was great to hear what they've done with their lives in the past 20 years! I also celebrated my baby sister's birthday and she enjoyed the cake (no candles) I got for her.

Today I'm sharing a card inspired by the Let's Squash It!! Challenge #12 Sand It! **Update - it can't be for the challenge because my embossing folder doesn't have a number. I don't have any of those with me at present.

Supplies: Paper - Ms Sparkle A2 kraft card; 
Tim Holtz kraft metallic; Neenah white 
Embossing Folder - Taylored Expressions Nordic Holiday (retired)
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Sweet Gingerbread Add On Set &
Taylored Expressions - Birch Tree Accessories;
Other - Parklane gems; Stamp on It vellum;

I started out with a stitched rectangle embossed with the Nordic Holiday. The pattern seemed crooked so I trimmed it and backed with white and adhered to kraft for the Scandinavian look. Was going to just add the deer with a merry die cut but decided to put vellum behind him. Ugh, the background still looked crooked so I added some snowbanks and then a long, printed sentiment strip to cover up a wrinkle. 

I definitely don't like how the vellum looks pink atop the metallic red - not just in photo but in real life - darn it!! Oh well, another Christmas card for the stash and I really love the sanded kraft metallic paper. I'd not done it with this paper until now - great effect!! 

Thanks for stopping - hope you have a crafty day!!

Friday, September 10, 2021

A Retirement Bouquet

TGIF crafty friends! Hope you have a special weekend planned - those of us in the US will be observing Patriots' Day tomorrow in remembrance of the horrendous events of 20 years ago. It's also my baby sister's birthday so we have joy from that dimmed by the deep sorrow from 9/11/2001. But we will celebrate her birthday with a cake - no candles, she said.

For today I have another card featuring the Hero Arts Togetherness Bouquet - this time I stamped it onto watercolor paper and colored with Distress reinkers. You can see a mini slimline version I did last month HERE. The new version will go to my neighbor Therese who's retiring this month. She loves flowers and maintains a stunning garden that I envy.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah white; Momenta watercolor print;
Paper Studio silver A2 card; scraps of various greens;
Strathmore cold press watercolor paper; Co'redinations White Glove
Stamps - Hero Arts Togetherness Flower Bouquet;
A Jillian Vance Design Tweet WordsAltenew Floral Frame
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Plaid Coverplate;
My Favorite Things Blueprints 28 (banner - retired);
Spellbinders Sentiments One; CAS-ual Fridays Garden Fri-dies (retired)
Taylored Expressions Rustic Floral
Other - various Distress Reinkers; Michael's gems

I had to go on the hunt for white glitter paper today since my Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) Christmas pad mix didn't have any left. Well, didn't find that Christmas pad at the Hobby Lobby I visited and they didn't have any single sheets of white. Then I tried Michael's - no luck. Finally found some at JoAnn's. Die cut Congratulations from the white glitter (it's a very subtle one) and then stacked atop some plain white ones. The little flagged banner is a really long one and I just did the trick of cutting down the end. The sentiment stamp actually says "Congrats on your retirement" but I just did some surgery and snipped off the Congrats - it'll come in handy as a single word later. I also stacked some white die cuts behind the watercolored bouquet for some dimension.

That's it for now. I'm sending this card to Watercooler Wednesday - All About Occasions Challenge and the current NBUS Challenge since my Tweet Words stamp set is new. Hope that's not too little of an NBUS, Darnell...

Thanks for stopping & happy crafting!



Tuesday, September 7, 2021

What the Elf?!

Hey crafty friends - it's always hard to get back on track after a holiday weekend. Luckily, a new Christmas Kickstart Challenge has posted today! After my early morning dental check-up I hurried home to start something right away. Challenge 54 asks for a funny card so I went with a 2017 Hero Arts stamp set with puny elf messages.

Supplies: Paper - Sunny Studio All is Bright;
Paper Studio teal and red; Neenah White
Die - My Favorite Things Blueprints 2 (retired)
Stamps - Hero Arts Irreverant Elf Messages (retired)
Other - Copic Markers

Besides the puny elf messages like "but first lemme take an elfie" and "no elf'n way", the set contains oodles of little icons & elf heads. I first stamped a grid of 9 (3x3) heads using a MISTI. Then I spotted an old film strip die with 5 openings. So I added 2 more heads to vertical row 1, colored them with Copics (hand drawing the bodies), and put them behind the grid windows. Added a candy striped panel, solid strip and the sentiment - done! Thanks to Jo & elf Anesha for a fun challenge!!