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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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Another Christmas Mini Slim!

Hey there crafty friends - It's a busy week with chorus stuff (park performance last night - it went great! and Spring show this Saturday) but I had time to make another card for the May Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Mini Slimline!! Jo and Elf Arlene inspired us with some delightful cards and I had to play along again! 

Supplies: Paper - Tim Holtz black & silver kraft core and
Christmas patterned; Neenah white; scrap of pink
Stamp & Cuts - Hero Arts Christmas Trimmings (retired),
Winter Penguin (retired but found here at Frantic Stamper)
and Holiday Ornaments (retired)
Dies - Hero Arts Shoes and Hat (bow) & 
My Favorite Things Oval Shadows (retired)
Other -  Park Lane & Honey Bee gems
Copic markers

I started by forming a mini slimline card from a piece of Tim Holtz black cardstock. Next I adhered a layering panel of his Christmas paper (had more left from yesterday's scrap card!). Yesterday when I was pawing through the bits box, I found the grey ornaments and some penguins - thought they'd be cute on a mini slim. Added newly stamped & cut branches from the ornament set and a die cut Merry from the Christmas Trimmings set. I had a Merry in the bits box but it was kraft colored so I die cut a new one from silver plus a black shadow. I wanted an ice patch for my penguin and the MFT Oval Shadows die set is always good for that! It cuts 10 & I tried a few before I found the perfect size. Decided the penguin needed to be a girl so gave her a big bow from a new Hero Arts die set. I'd meant to use it for Mother's Day but didn't get there, oh well. Added some gems - done!

Since my bow die is newly used, I'm sending this card to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #38 where I'm guest designing all month - so fun!! Remember to pop over with some of your own NBUS, plus get a mini slim Christmas card made for Kickstart!!

Thanks for stopping!!


Monday, May 16, 2022

Elf with Embossed Scrap Background

Happy Monday - it's a gorgeous day here today and my chorus looks forward to singing at Como Park tonight!! While preparing my MC lines I managed to squeeze in another card for Let's Squash It! where Challenge 20 requires both dry embossing and scraps. 

Supplies: Paper - various patterns mostly BoBunny,
some Tim Holtz, Doodlebug & American Crafts;
Paper Studio red A2 card
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up Wintry 3D (pine bough)
Dies - Spellbinders Dancin' Gnome
Stamp & Cut - Hero Arts Santa's Elves
Other - Copic Markers; SSS sentiment strip;
Antique Linen Distress Ink

I've said it before but I do have many boxes of scraps. Here's a photo of the one I dove into for the scraps I used. When I die cut rectangle backgrounds, I end up with a bunch of approximately 2" strips that are perfect to cut down for the strip technique Jennifer McGuire has shown many times.

And here's a shoot of some scrap pieces from which I'd cut strips and the arranging I was doing on a white panel. You can see how I love to cut random things from patterned papers - butterflies, tags, you name it!

After I had an arrangement I liked, I glued the strips down and trimmed the panel to fit in a new Stampin' Up embossing folder (just came in the mail last week!). It's narrower than A2 size but should've been long enough. I trimmed a bit more than intended so had to leave a border, oh well. After embossing the panel with the pines, I inked the raised parts with some Distress Ink.

Next, I looked it my bits box for a large snowflake - instead I found an elf already stamped and die cut. Quickly colored her with Copics and then die cut her a wooden stump using a scrap of brown. Gave her a sign made using a strip of black and a Simon Says Stamp sentiment strip.

The stump die comes in a Spellbinders gnome set that's finally seeing first play so I have two NBUS on this card. I'll add this to Darnell's May NBUS Challenge where I'm guest designer.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

An embossed quilt

Hi everyone! Very gloomy, rainy day here - perfect weather to stay inside and craft! I'm playing along at Let's Squash It! where Challenge 20 requires both dry embossing and scraps. Oh, do I have scraps - boxes and boxes of them!! Embarrasing really.... I shared a photo of one meager box HERE - that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane Ivory A2 card; 
Paper Studio Kraft; Patterns by unk
Embossing Folder - Sizzix Quilted by Tim Holtz (retired)
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 2 (retired) 
Stamps - Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments (retired)
Other - Hero Arts Navy ink

First I die cut the quilt twice - once from a scrap of blue (maybe Basic Grey??) and once using two pieces of scrap patterned paper that I'd stuck side by side onto the same release paper. Carefully inlaid the quilt pieces into the blue frame and embossed the quilt with the Sizzix ef. Didn't have the packaging for the ef's name so I did the usual - went seaching on Flickr which lead me to THIS card by my friend Heather. It turns out I had embossed a quilted background panel for her!

Adhered the quilt to a rectangle diecut that I'd scored to separate the quilt from the sentiment (hard to see in the photo). Adhered that to an A2 card. Added a little star diecut from my bits box and stamped the sentiment - done! I love how this turned out & will definitely emboss more of these quilts - it adds such pretty texture!! My friend Linda's mom turns 90 on Saturday so Mama Connie will get this card.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day USA!

Hey crafty friends - Happy Mother's Day if you're celebrating in the USA! It's a sad one for me, just having lost my mom last month. Yesterday would've been my parents' 67th wedding anniversary so that was another sad occasion. But we keep keepin' on and celebrating those still with us like Queen Mum Mary, dear friend and the mom of my former quartet lead singer. Here's the card I sent Mary; I previously shared the card I sent to my auntie, my second mom.

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 Card; Spellbinders
Digi print - Joy Clair Designs Count Me In
Stamp - Paper Smooches All Year Cheer (NIB)
Other - Copic Markers

Who says you can't use paper from a Christmas pad for another holiday? On Friday I shared a card with papers from the 2021 Spellbinders Limited Edition Christmas kit and I've used an A2 layer of the plaid here. It's so pretty with the ombre lilac to grey. I had a digi print left from last month's Die Cut Diva sponsor Joy Clair Designs - decided to use it with the plaid for a simple card. The print has flowers top and bottom but I trimmed the top off for future use. Colored the panel with Copics, stamped the sentiment & done!

Here's a photo of my mom from last year's Mother's Day. She's holding a large flower pot I bought her which she enjoyed all the way til it froze last fall. She just about drove my dad nuts asking him if he watered it! Amazing what can happen in a year.

Take care all and enjoy time with your family - so precious!! Thanks for stopping!

Friday, May 6, 2022

A Christmas Mini Slimline!

Hey friends - It's been a busy week but I finally had time to finish a card for the May Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Mini Slimline!! Jo and Elf Arlene announced it Tuesday and I immediately decided to try a few sets I bought over the last year and have never used (surprise, surprise). Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Spellbinders, Neenah
Taylored Expressions Easy Strips 1/8"
Stamps - Sunny Studio Holiday Express (with coordinating dies)
Other - Lawn Fawn snowflake sequin; Park Lane gem;
Spellbinders foam ephemera; Copic markers

I started by forming a mini slimline card from a piece of Spellbinders green cardstock. Next I die cut all the train pieces and assembled - a bit fiddly but so fun. The set includes the train & Christmas tree dies, plus an ornaments & presents. I just used the train & tree dies and then added some foam sticker presents from the Spellbinders kit. I wanted a stamped Santa coming out of the engine's window & found one quickly in a Sunny Studio set I bought last August. That set has its own train to try next time - so darling and I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to use this set sooner!! While I was at it, I stamped and cut a reindeer from the same Sunny set. Colored Santa and Rudolph with Copics and added to my train. The little reindeer car is dipping in back - must be the weight of the presents! 

The background paper is also from the Spellbinders kit. Can you see the pale cityscape on it? I went simple on the railroad track (considered & rejected trying to cobble together a realistic looking track) using a narrow back strip. I used a sentiment from the same Sunny set and curved it to be smoke from the train - hard to see in the photo but I trailed a line of grey Copic C00 underneath it.

Spellbinders lists the All Aboard kit at $40 off right now so if you're looking for something special to make a bunch of cards, consider this kit! Wow - so many crafty goodies - I'm really sorry I didn't get into the box sooner!! Since my Spellbinders and Sunny Studio are newly used, I'm sending this card to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #38. By the way - I'm guest designing at NBUS this month! Hope you'll pop over with some of your own NBUS, plus remember to get a mini slim Christmas card made for Kickstart!!

Thanks for stopping!!


Monday, May 2, 2022

April 2022 Card Chain Reveal

Hey crafty friends - time once again to reveal cards that circled the globe for the April Card Chain Challenge. Thirty four people played and you can see the full chain HERE. My card went to the bee-utiful Gundi (papierelle) in Germany:

Supplies: Paper - Spellbinders A2 card; Neenah white;
upcycled Hallmark card (green circle); 
scraps of green (stem and leaves);
BoBunny Serendipity Collection (yellow)
Stamps - Hero Arts Jan2021 My Monthly Hero Kit (retired)
Dies - Taylored Expressions Bloomin' Accessories (retired);
Simon Says Stamp Painted Friend;
Hero Arts Nesting Circle Infinity Dies & Jan2021 MMH kit
Other - Copic Markers; Doodlebug enamel dot; 
Hero Arts gem; Stickles (Black Diamond & Star Dust)

I used the colors, sketch and theme of friendship as I often do. 

Color Palette Option

Sketch Option

The minute I saw the color bumblebee, my brain went to bee images. This lead me to a My Monthly Hero kit from last year - love this one!! I decided one element from the sketch could be a bee and another a flower. I started with a stamped flower from the kit but remembered a fun TE die set from Jeanne (Reba Li Creates). She gave it to me last year but I'm just getting around to using it - sorry about that, Jeanne - thanks again!! And thanks to Jo (Just a Dotty Pudding) who sent me the friend die cuts back in March. She sent white ones but I colored them black and stacked for dimension, then stickled the top layer. The bees wings got some Stitckles too.

I received this beauty from Joanne (Slices of Life) in Connecticut - just love the spring bouquet with the plaid paper behind it! Joanne is fairly new to the CCC but she's returned more than once - yay! Hope she keeps joining us!

If you'd like to join in for May, go HERE by May 6th. Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

May Guest Designer at NBUS!!

Hey crafty friends - with a mountain of NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) in my stash, I am the perfect fit to play at the NBUS Challenge. Back in February owner & friend Darnell (djkardkreations) started taking on one Guest Designer per month - such fun! I'm delighted to be her GD for the May Challenge #38!! Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Spellbinders (blue); Neenah white;
 & Anchor Paper (grey linen card)
Stamps - Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background
Dies - Spellbinders Stitched Petal Frame
Taylored Expressions Simple Strips
Other - Hero Arts gems; 
DMC Embroidery Floss (600, 604, 827); 
Artiste Silver Metallic Floss

Right before Darnell asked to guest design, I'd received a big box from Spellbinders. Not only did I have NBUS, I had brand new NBUS!! Funny thing - the die I used above was one I found at Hobby Lobby the following week - so even newer NBUS - yikes!

I die cut a thick, rich blue cardstock from an old Spellbinders kit using the coverplate. Decided to try silver metallic for stitching on it. Bad idea only because the silver I bought comes 8 strands & was difficult to split in half. The full 8 strands are too thick for the holes. I really liked the look, though, and kept at it for several hours. Then I decided some regular embroidery floss would be perfect on the rest. I split the 6-strand floss in half and 3 strands worked well. I also followed Spellbinders recommendation to use a #22 tapestry needle. Be sure to use a thick paper because you handle it a lot and wouldn't want it to tear! Later I found some beautiful metallic DMC thread that I'll try next time.

I embroidered and did counted cross stitch & needlepoint for many years. With paper, you have to watch out for the needle falling right back through the hole and off the thread - can't tell you how many times that happened...But once I got going, it went well. I secured the thread ends with a bit of glue when I completed a section. Once finished, I die cut a second panel and glued it to the back. This gave me a smooth panel to adhere to my card base. Some gems and a sentiment strip finished the card. If you want to see a gorgeous pastel version using embroidery floss, go here. My friend Lin (Sending Hugs) did a beautiful job on it!! She used some new Spellbinders stitched flowers here - so pretty!

Here's a bonus card, or as Darnell would say, a twofer:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah; Tim Holtz; Anchor Paper
Stamps - Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background
Dies - Spellbinders Stitched Medallion
Taylored Expressions Simple Strips &
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop

After all the stitching on the other card, I decided to try one without stitches - it's still amazing with loads of detail. I simply die cut the stitched medallion (from my big Spellbinders box) with the frame & then a solid panel with just the frame. Layered them and added to my rectangle diecuts and card base. Sentiment strip with backer and done! Very simple and fun to put together...

Thanks oodles to Darnell for offering the NBUS Challenge & for inviting me to guest design! I hope you'll join in this month using some of your own mountain of NBUS!!

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Last Day of Tic-Tac-Toe at Die Cut Divas!

Hi everyone - I'm part of the last day post at Die Cut Divas for our April Challenge. We have a tic-tac-toe board for some fun and you have until 9pm PST to play along. The Design Team is playing with digis from our sponsor Joy Clair Designs but you can use any supplies. Just be sure to include a die or embossing folder for your project along with the theme. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Spelbinders A2 card; Poptone Black;
My Favorite Things Petite Gingham
Digital stamps - Joy Clair Designs Truly Inspire
Dies - A Jillian Vance Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set;
My Favorite Things Blueprints 2
Other - Hero Arts Spring Enamels Stickers;
Copic Markers (R22/24/46/59)

I used the diagonal lower left to upper right: Flowers, Friendship, Red. Thanks to teamie Arlene (A Bit of This and That) for sending the digi prints (again, no working printer). I fussy cut the two blossoms from Joy Clair Designs Truly Inspire & colored the first one with shades of red Copic Markers. Decided to leave the second in outline. Trimmed the sentiment block into three parts, put foam tape behind the top & bottom one. Die cut a rectangle from a gingham paper & a mat layer from black, added to the card base & then the rest of the elements. Done!

Now for a bonus card using some wonderful Joy Clair clear stamps & the left vertical row:

Supplies: Paper - Penny Black Painted Blooms; Neenah white;
BoBunny Serendipity Collection; Hero Arts Pitch Black;
Paper Studio teal card
Stamps - Joy Clair Designs
Dies - Hero Arts Museum Frame
Other - Star Dust Stickles; Copic Markers; Park Lane gems; white pen

In March I read Jodi Picoult's Wish You Were Here. The protagonist learns to appreciate life in new ways (I won't say how) - loved this book!! That's my inspiration for this card using flowers and sentiment from Wish Big. I stamped and colored the garden scene, framed it and added to several layers of paper. Hard to read in the photo but the sentiment reads "Life is Beautiful" - so true!

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you in the April gallery!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Poppies for Mother's Day

Hello friends - sorry I've been missing in action! My April 21st post was scheduled ahead of time, thankfully. That's the day my sweet mom passed from this world to the next - may she rest in peace. Mom won't be here for Mother's Day but I was thinking of her while making this card. It'll go to her sister, my second mom.

Supplies: Paper - Anchor Paper grey linen; Neenah Solar White;
Poptone Black; Paper Studio glitter; Momenta Watercolor print
Dies - Spellbinders Christmas Foliage Strip & Borders and
Asters and Poppies (retired) but available HERE;
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Hero Arts Christmas Trimmings (retired)
Stamps - Taylored Expressions Many Minis - Holidays (retired)

I die cut the poppy after spotting the April Day of the Month Card Club challenge. It was California Poppy Day on April 6th so the team decided to celebrate that flower all month long. I thought their inspiration photo & cards were so beautiful! I found the bow made up in my UFO box & had just die cut a white test piece with a new Spellbinders border die. It's a large slimline die but I cut the panel with a stitched rectangle to layer onto my watercolor print panel. Thought it would all work together.

The border die is from the Spellbinders November 2021 Large Die of the Month Club. I have way too many club sets that haven't even been opened but I managed to try this one. Since it got first play here, I'm also adding my card to Darnell's April NBUS Challenge.

Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Tic Tac Toe with Joy Clair Designs!

Hey crafty friends - today I'm sharing at Die Cut Divas for our April Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. We're using fabulous Joy Clair Designs products this month but you can use any brand. Just remember to use a die or embossing folder for your design, plus a row from the board. Our sponsor has amazing digital stamps and asked us to work with the latest ones. 

Supplies: Paper - Spellbinders; Poptone Black;
Anchor Paper green; Paper Studio glitter paper
Digital Stamps - Joy Clair Designs Always in Style 
OtherCopic Markers; white gel pen; Park Lane gems

I used the left vertical row for my project. Thanks to Arlene (A Bit of This and That) for printing me the floral panel - still no working printer at my house... I colored the image with Copic Markers and die cut the panel. The sentiment was printed on the panel already so I just added a few gems for interest. I die cut a glitter frame using two rectangles then inlaid the floral panel. Added it to a postal stamp diecut with just a bit showing for some texture. Layered it onto a black mat and onto the white card - done! 

Now for a bonus card using wonderful stamps I just bought from Joy Clair Designs. I didn't read our sponsor info carefully and had purchased three clear stamp sets to use - oops! Oh well, wanted them anyway. I was especially eager to use a new sympathy set. A dear friend from my Sweet Adelines world passed away recently and I sent this card to her family. Ferne and I started as pen pals nearly 25 years ago, then we met in person at many conventions. RIP Ferne!!

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb;
Anchor Paper; Paper Studio glitter paper; Hero Arts Pitch Black
Stamps - Joy Clair Heartfelt SympathyWish Big, & 
Embossing Folder - Taylored Expressions Weathered
Dies - Hero Arts Chain Linked;
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set
Other - Versamark Ink; Ranger Seafoam White ep; 
Copic Markers; foam tape

I'm squeeking by on the left vertical row with 2+ Layers, Yellow and Flowers. When I made this card, somehow I only remembered the layering part & totally forgot about tic-tac-toe!! Luckily I used flowers & two of them are yellow...that's enough! Since my clear stamps got first play here, I'm adding to Darnell's April NBUS Challenge.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll join our April Diva challenge! Our random winner will receive 3 digital stamp sets.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter wishes to those celebrating today! My sister's baking a ham so I look forward to a lovely dinner with family. Thought I'd share the rest of my Easter designs for this year. I previously made a duckling card in February for our Die Cut Diva challenge; see it HERE if you missed it. I also posted a fuzzy bunny card last week for the Let's Squash It!! challenge; you can see that one HERE.

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 card; vellum by unk;
Neenah Solar White; Hero Arts Layering (retired);
Paper Studio glitter; BoBunny Cottontail Collection
Stamps - Hero Arts With Sympathy (lily-retired)
Frantic Stamper - Spring Bold Sentiments
Dies - Spellbinders Crosses Two & an oval;

This was the only religious card I made; I'm more of the cutesy type when it comes to Easter cards. You can add embossed details on the cross but I forgot, oh well... I stamped and fussy cut the lilies, then added a stamped/die cut sentiment. The designer paper had the flowers across the bottom which I thought worked well to ground the cross. Since the striped paper was a bit busy, a vellum circle helped. The cross die doesn't have an outline layer so I just fussy cut one. 

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 card; various colored scraps;
Neenah Solar White; Authentique Jubilee Collection
Stamps - Hero Arts Easter Set (retired-exclusive to Archiver's);
Taylored Expressions All Tucked In Easter
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set;
Poppystamps Folk Decorated Eggs (retired);
Other - Copic Markers; glitter gel pen

This one used more of the Poppystamps eggs I die cut for last week's card - I cut 81 eggs in 9 different colors. Made a pile for bitty bunny to peek over. Thought this design was so fun, I made two of them. With more eggs to use up, I made a border of them for the next card.

Supplies: Paper - Spellbinders A2 card; various colored scraps;
Neenah Solar White; BoBunny Cottontail Collection
Stamps - Hero Arts Easter Set (retired-exclusive to Archiver's)
Dies - Poppystamps Folk Decorated Eggs (retired) 
Other - Copic Markers; Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink

The chicken came from the Hero Arts set containing the bunny - a definite fave of mine. The chicken is a silhouette stamp but I carefully traced the outlines so it would match the bunny.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday or whatever your day brings you! Thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Another embossed geometric

Hey crafty friends - welcome! I recently bought a new Memory Box embossing folder named Geometric Crystals (enabled by Trina of Phamtastic Design - see her beauty with it HERE on the MB blog!). With the name including geometric, it must be perfect for challenge #19 at Let's Squash It!!. Gail & Jo want to see dry embossing with geometric/repeating patterns.

Supplies: Paper - Park Lane A2 Card; Poptone Black Licorice;
Neenah Solar White; Tim Holtz watercolor paper; vellum
Embossing folder - Memory Box Geometric Crystals
Stamps - Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background
Dies - Hero Arts Butterfly (retired)
Spellbinders Oval; Taylored Expressions Simple Strips
Other - Tim Holtz Distress Markers; Park Lane gem;

I embossed a piece of watercolor paper and scribbled some Distress Marker in each square well. You can emboss the reverse way and get some gorgeous raised squares too - I'll try that soon! Spritzed the panel so the water moved around, then heated it til dry. Rubbed a Tumbled Glass ink pad across the raised border lines. Matted on black, then white and added to A2 card. Die cut a black butterfly and a vellum oval. Added to card along with a sentiment strip - done!

I'm also adding this to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #37 since my embossing folder is getting first play today.

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!!


Sunday, April 10, 2022

Fuzzy Bunny

Happy Sunday everybody - it's turning into a lovely spring day! Instead of heading out into it, I started working on a card inspired by challenge #19 at Let's Squash It!!. Gail & Jo asked for embossing with geometric/repeating patterns.

Supplies: Paper - Spellbinders A2 Card; Michael's green;
Neenah Solar White; various colored scraps for eggs
Embossing folder - Spellbinders Diamond Plaid
Stamps - Frantic Stamper Spring Bold Sentiments
Dies - Frantic Stamper Fuzzy Bunny & Spring Bold Sentiments Matchers;
Poppystamps Folk Decorated Eggs (retired)
Other - sparkle gel pen; Copic Markers (R00, R20, C1);
Tree House Studio googly eyes & Park Lane gem;
Hero Arts inks

I got a big box from Spellbinders last week and was eager to use a new-to-me embossing folder. Luckily it matched perfectly with Let's Squash It's April theme! I die cut green cardstock with a stitched rectangle, then embossed it and ran a green ink pad across the raised sections. Adhered to card base. I already had a pile of die cut eggs - the set comes with 9 egg dies and I didn't cut them apart. I just die cut the entire set each time & for this year used 9 different scrap papers.

The bunny and sentiment are from the Frantic Stamper March 2022 release - just received these Friday and had already die cut my bunny. Picked up some oval googly eyes at Hobby Lobby yesterday because the die cuts the bunny's oval eyes totally out. I didn't want to bother inlaying the die cut pieces so I covered the holes with a circle on the back of Mr. Bunny and glued on the googly eyes. I did inlay the nose and bits on the feet, again first covering the holes with a piece on the back. It was easier than I thought it was going to be! The sentiment set is fabulous and I love all the matching dies. The Easter Wishes die cuts one piece but I trimmed it into two. While stamping I somehow got an ink splotch right in the middle - hate when that happens!

Arranged an egg pile for Mr. Bunny to sit on and gave him an egg to hold. Done! I'm also adding this to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #37 since the everything but the Easter eggs is brand spankin' new.

Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!!


Thursday, April 7, 2022

Gnome Season's Greetings

Happy almost weekend! It's snowing/raining here today - perfect time to make a Christmas card! I'm playing along with Jo & Elf Gail's April Christmas Kickstart Challenge to use a gnome. 

Supplies: Paper - Bazzill A2 card; Lawn Fawn; Anchor Paper
Stamps - Hero Arts Family & Friends (retired)
Digi Stamp - Scrapflower Estudio Sign Nordic Gnome
Dies - A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Set;
Taylored Expressions Easy Strips 1/8"
Other - Copic Markers

I had a left over digi print from Scrapflower Estudio's Sign Nordic Gnome set. I used him in October at Die Cut Divas - you can see those cards here & here if interested. This print was a bit bigger than the others but I see I used a similar design to my 10/31 card - just no snowflakes. LOL -  didn't even remember it - guess I'm not very creative...

I colored the print with Copics and stamped a sentiment, then fussy cut. Die cut two stitched dot rectangles and trimmed one to 2.25" for the bottom. Added a black die cut strip. Adhered to A2 card & added my digi image - done. Another Christmas card for the stash!

That's it for today. Hope you're having a great week and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022


Hey crafty friends - I'm back with another paper doll card - this time for a young friend who broke her leg. Ouch!

Supplies: Paper - Spellbinders A2 card; Tim Holtz kraft;
Doodlebug Swiss Dots Rainbow Petite & some scraps
Stamps - Hero Arts Lifestyle Faces  
Dies - Hero Arts Lifestyle Forms;
Taylored Expressions Easy Strips 1/8"
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop
Other - white gel pen

You may remember my sister's honorary niece Jerriah who has played along in SSS Summer Kids Challenge (see HERE & HERE). She visited my parents on Saturday and it was great to see her; then she went home and fell on her stairs - poor dear! Now she'll be in a long cast for many weeks. 

I was thinking what kind of card to make for her. Hmmm - decided a paper doll would be cute with a cast on her leg. I had some rolled bandage that sticks to itself - perfect to simulate a cast! I hand cut the crutches. If you missed my earlier paper doll, go HERE if interested. I love the Spellbinders alphabet I'm using for only the second time (got it in 2020...). What a great value and it's on sale now so even better! Hard to see but I added a black shadow to each letter.

Hope you're enjoying your week! I need to get busy on Easter cards, then more Christmas cards for the stash. How are you doing with yours?

Thanks for visiting!!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

March 2022 Card Chain Reveal

Another month of 2022 just flew by! It's already time to reveal cards that went around the world for the March Card Chain Challenge. Thirty people participated by making/sending one card and receiving one card. My card went to dear Debbie (Secrets to Stamping) in Michigan; you can see the entire chain HERE.

Supplies: Paper - Michael's green;
Momenta Watercolor print
My Favorite Things Petite Gingham
Horizon Empossed Scrapbook Paper
Dies - Impression Obsession Fancy Shamrock;
Picket Fence Studios Slim Line Scalloped Frames;
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up Subtle (retired)
Other - Pink & Main emamel dots

I met Debbie online through another card-making challenge blog & discovered she's a Stampin' Up consultant. Couldn't resist placing an order with her for some SU goodies, including the Subtle embossing folder. I'm glad she found time to join the Card Chain!

Once again I've used the colors and the sketch. Since "shamrock" is one of the colors, I couldn't resist using shamrock pieces for the sketch's circle elements. This isn't a St Patrick's Day card, though, since neither Debbie nor I celebrate it. I just love the shamrocks made of hearts!

I really liked the triple sentiment idea and went with 3 die cuts from the same Picket Fence Studios set. I die cut them twice for dimension and a third time for a shadow. The top layer was embossed with the Subtle pattern. The paper for the spice layer came embossed - got it years ago in the Target "Hot Spot".  I die cut it with a dot stitched rectangle and it held the pattern well.

I received this darling card from Jo (Just a Dotty Pudding) in the UK. Thanks Jo!! Don't you just love the barnyard quartet? I'm lucky to have met Jo through various challenges she hosts, including Christmas Kickstart and Let's Squash It!! where I'm a devoted player, plus the Card Chain Challenge - busy lady!!

You can still join us for the April 2022 Chain - just go HERE to sign up by April 6th. Thanks for visiting and have a crafty day!!