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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, September 18, 2017

Merry Monday #257 - Decorated Tag using texture, bling and die cuts

Merry Monday everyone - it's week 3 of my Guest Designer slot and time for Sue's Challenge #257 to include a decorated tag using texture, bling, and die cuts on your Christmas card.


Oh my - what a fun challenge! I have lots of different tag dies but I combined a couple for my card. I found the perfect paper pad for the tag and background. Then I spotted a fun polar bear Silhouette image I had cut a while back - still stuck to the mat!

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-tone Black Licorice,
Studio Calico Magical Collection 6x6, scrap of Basic Grey Juniper & BoBunny dotted
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 2 and 13; Hero Arts DI054 Phrase Bubbles,
My Monthly Hero Kit July 2016 (sold out) - luggage tag (cut in half), and
DI197 Tag Infinity Dies (for the tag's tab & reinforcer)
Silhouette Design ID 69566 A2 Polar Bear Card (just cut the bear with scarf)
Stamps - Hero Arts CL343 Holiday Sayings (retired)
Embossing Folder - Darice Snowflake Swirl
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
Other - Michael's gems, 3M glitter washi, Copic Markers, scrap of ribbon

I had one last piece of this blue patterned paper and I embossed it for some texture - actually, it's debossed for the most part - they printed the label on the wrong side so I didn't get the normal raised effect. Since it was my last piece of this paper, I used it anyway! Glittery washi adds both texture and bling to the tag and some gems to my sentiment finish it off nicely.

Funny story - I photographed the card and uploaded it, then when I went to check the Silhouette ID for the polar bear, I realized I'd left off his front legs and scarf - oh no!! So I added them and took a new photo, sigh.... Do you ever do crazy stuff like that? Tell me, please! Here's the card with the front legs & scarf missing - have a good laugh, I actually didn't notice anything was missing until I looked in my Silhouette library!!


Thanks for stopping and be sure to check out all the inspiration from my Merry Monday teamies! Have a crafty week!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wish Big

Hi all - I'm here today sharing a birthday card for my baby sister who loves elephants. She celebrated yesterday and texted me a picture of my card sitting in her kitchen window - she loved it!

Supplies:  Paper - Neenah white, yellow & brown; Pop-tone Blu-raspberry; scrap of a kraft envelope
Dies - Hero Arts June 2017 My Monthly Hero kit & DI399 Thorn Tree and Grasses Fancy Die
Stamps - Hero Arts June 2017 My Monthly Hero kit & CL674 Circles (retired)

The September 2017 My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts released on Tuesday 9/4 (already sold out) and I'm hoping to play with mine (it arrived in yesterday's mail). Meanwhile, I'm way behind on using earlier kits so I put the June 2017 kit to use for this card. The kit (sold out) has an African wildlife theme and included an elephant silhouette (along with many other animal images). One of the birthday sentiments from the Circles clear set worked perfectly with my elephant scene.

When I first received the kit back in June, I did my usual process of cutting apart the dies and making a negative for popping diecuts in to stamp. With a full set of diecuts ready, it was easy to stamp an elephant. I think I had a fiber on the stamp because I ended up with an unstamped line. Of course I noticed after the stamp was cleaned and put away so I ran a Distress Marker over it. Doesn't look perfect but we'll just say my elephant has some skin issues - LOL. The kit came with a small thorn tree stamp & matching die but I used a larger die that paired with the grasses as an add-on.

That's it for today - thanks for the visit! Hope you have a crafty week!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Merry Monday #256 Favorite Holiday Movie

Merry Monday everyone - time to go to the movies with Nina this week for Challenge 256. Woo Hoo!!


As a young child I always watched Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer on television every Christmas season - it remains a favorite to this day. I remember hiding my face when the nasty Abominable Snow Monster came on screen - yikes! Then he turned into a sweetie at the end and Rudolph with his red nose saved the day by leading Santa's sleigh. A classic!! I found a darling & ridiculously cheap Rudolph stamp set at Michael's after Christmas last year - perfect for this challenge! Here's my movie inspired card:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon (blue pattern)
Basic Grey Juniper Berry (black pattern)
Stamps - Inkadinkado Rudolph, Impression Obsession Wooden Plank
Silhouette Design ID 112156 Santa's Workshop A7 card 
Dies - Lawn Fawn Hillside Borders & Impression Obsession Snowflakes Cutout
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Hickory Smoke, Lucky Clover, Pine Needles, & Black Soot
Other - Stickles, Copic Markers, foam tape, Sizzix plaid embossing folder

The set has 5 of the movie's characters - Rudolph, Sam the Snowman, Hermey the elf who wants to be a dentist, the Abominable Snow Monster, & prospector Yukon Cornelius, plus a snow covered tree and 3 snowflakes. I decided to feature just three of the characters - of course, one of them had to be Rudolph! I stamped all three, colored with Copics & fussy cut. I stamped the tree image three times using two shades of green ink and fussy cut. I thought Hermey would be cute looking out a workshop window at Rudolph & Sam so I went searching for a Silhouette Santa's Workshop design. Found a cute one that includes an A7 card but I just folded my own card stock to A7 size. I selected some of design's pieces and cut them in white, coloring them as necessary with Copics. I embossed the walls and roof for some texture and stamped the shutters with a wood plank background. I added Icy Stickles to the icicle layer of the Silhouette design. The design came with a heart for above the window but I chose a snowflake as the finishing touch. Oops - forgot I was going to hand write DENTISTRY on Hermey's book - just like in the movie. Oh well, I'll add it later.

Thanks for stopping and be sure to check out all the fabulous cards of my Merry Monday team mates! I'm having a blast on my Guest Designer tenure!!



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Another retirement card!

Wow - a third person retired from my old workplace! I attended a party back in July and there were two in August - had to miss both of those parties due to other commitments but I sent cards. I didn't blog the July card because it was similar to the cat birthday card from May. The first retiree loooooves cats! Only difference was a butterfly instead of the balloon and a congrats sentiment. I posted the first August retirement card here and today I'm sharing the final card - for my friend Jim:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV A7 card, Poptone Black Licorce, 
Neenah Solar White, & a scrap of Basic Grey grid
Stamps - Hero Arts CG279 Musical Clef, Impression Obsession MC185 Fore Retirement
Silhouette files - Design ID60862 Acoustic Guitar & 
Design ID37683 Music Flats Etc, plus text of a B and two 2s

Jim has played the guitar for years - in fact, we used to sing duets back in the day during our on-the-job training after college. Our group lived in an apartment complex during the 3 month training - we called it "Compound W" (real name Westwood Village) because the buildings reminded us of Army barracks!! As recent grads we didn't have a lot of money so we spent time gathered in each other's apartments drinking cheap wine and enjoying Jim's guitar playing. He's a huge Bob Dylan fan and we even got to see Mr. Dylan in concert! Jim & I ended up in different Wisconsin offices but our paths crossed again a few years ago, both working in St Paul MN. I'm sure he got a kick out of the card when he received it on Wednesday.

I've used the sentiment from a golfing retirement set before - it says "Best Wishes Fore Your Retirement" - I just cut the "Fore" out and used a teeny "on" from another set. The guitar Silhouette design comes with a lot of layers - I tried a version making a kraft colored layered guitar but didn't like it. I found the simple black silhouette worked best for my puny "Too sharp to be flat"!

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back on Monday for the next Merry Monday challenge - my second week as a Guest Designer and my card is ready to go!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Congrats

Hi everyone - back today with a congrats card I made for a former coworker's retirement.

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts pool A2 card, Heidi Swapp Marquee Love glitter, Pop-tone Black
Pre-fab Die cuts - David Tutera Celebrate Lace Grid
Silhouette die cut - Design ID 207545 Welcome to the Farm

Jodie retired to pursue the hobby farm she's had for some time with her husband. I used to recycle my egg cartons by donating them to Jodie for her hens' fresh eggs. I wanted to do something that reflected the farm theme and found a fun Silhouette image. Sometimes the simplest idea turns out best!

Just four pieces to this card and done!! I adhered the lace grid to an A2 card, used foam tape to add the Silhouette image and finally applied the Congrats to the cow. Jodie loved the card - her party was last week but I didn't have time to blog the card until now.

Thanks for stopping and I hope you're having a crafty week!!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Merry Monday #255 JOY!

Merry Monday everyone!! The Merry Makers return from summer break today and, guess what?!, I've joined them as a Guest Designer for the next four months! I've been playing at Merry Monday since January 19th, 2015 and have really enjoyed the challenges. Thanks to Lori & Lesley for giving me this opportunity and I'm delighted to join the rest of their amazing team!!

The fabulous Marcia offers Challenge 255 this week - use the word JOY on your Christmas card.

Photo Source: Pinterest
When I saw this week's challenge, I ran for a new die from Poppystamps - Spectacular Joy. I ordered all three of their new Spectacular word dies and JOY was the first one to see some play. I love the three layers, plus I added a fourth for a bit of black shadow, using the layer 3 die to cut it.

Supplies: DCWV A2 green card, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-tone Black, 
the Paper Studio glitter, Bazzill green, red for rectangle by unknown
Dies - Poppystamps Spectacular Joy, My Favorite Things Blueprints 13
Cuttlebug Snowflake Solo (retired)
Background Stamp - Hero Arts CG324 Holiday Background (retired)
Other - foam tape, Michael's gems, Candied Apple Distress Ink

Once I had the layered word built, what to do with it?? I tried putting it over a wreath - didn't work, the wreath was too small. Then I remembered a large snowflake die I found during a recent crafty clean-up. I cut it in white and embossed it within the die - perfect! I cut a stitched rectangle, stamped it with some holiday text, and layered it onto an A2 card. After adding the snowflake, I popped the JOY with foam tape and added some gems - done!

A great thing about Merry Monday is the flexibility on products - no specific brands, no recent releases required. Use what you have, as long as you meet the challenge theme for the week - yay! That's it for today but be sure to check out the wonderful creations by the rest of the Design Team by visiting Merry Monday. I thank them again for including me as a Guest Designer for these next four months!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful week!!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pair of Anniversary Cards

Hey everyone - back today with a couple of anniversary cards. First up, one for my brother and his wife:

turtle pair
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts A2 Sea card, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, scrap of kraft
Stamps - Hero Arts CM165 Color Layering Turtle (with matching dies) and
CL342 Everyday Sayings (retired); Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts
Inks - various My Monthly Hero Kits
Other - foam tape, Duck Egg Blue Nuvo drops

D&D, as we call them, looooove turtles. When they went on a cruise recently, they were sure to take the turtle tour and made a pair of handmade drums with turtle designs for a drum contest. I couldn't resist making them a card with a pink girl and blue boy turtle using a fun color layering set from Hero Arts. I bought an extra set of the stamps and dies for Donna but I doubt she'll do anything like these crazy colors - LOL! I embellished a bit around the eyes with a calligraphy pen - too much? Anyway, definitely custom made for them!!

Next, a card for cousin Debi and her hubby:

Goldfish anniversary
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-tone Snow Cone
Stamps - Hero Arts CL945 Color Layering GoldfishCM165 Color Layering Turtle (one of the seaweeds) and 
CL342 Everyday Sayings (retired)
Dies - Hero Arts DI348 Heart Confetti Fancy Die
Other - foam tape, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, various My Monthly Hero inks

I was at a JoAnn's store the other day and spotted a 50% off sale on stamps so got a couple of color layering sets I had missed when Hero Arts released them, including these cute goldfish. I added some definition to the bodies with my calligraphy pen. They don't particularly love goldfish but I thought this pair would be cute kissing & with hearts going up instead of bubbles.

That's it for today and the rest of this week - looking forward to some holiday weekend fun! Thanks for stopping & I hope you'll check back on Monday for my Merry Monday post!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy and sad

Hi all - two occasions today, one happy and one sad. My youngest auntie celebrated her birthday in my home state while I attended a funeral for a chorus friend. Yes, we had another death among our members - Carol battled cancer for 8 years and finally succumbed, very sad!

For my aunt Jean who (like sister Tami) quilts, I made this card:

birthday quilt
Supplies: Paper - DCWV A2 card and glitter paper, scraps of brown and ivory,
Authentique Summer Seasons 6x6 pad
Die - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Quilt Square Cover-up
Hero Arts DC150 Happy Stamp & Cut (for birthday word stamp too)
Other - Michael's gems, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

I have several quilt dies - just when you think you have enough, you find another that you can't resist! I cut it a bunch of times so I'd have pieces to mix and match. I offset-layered the Happy so it would show up better on the quilt.

Sweet Carol who passed away sang in a quartet with three of her sisters - a fourth sister also sings but just isn't a Sweet Adeline. I made them this card with a musical theme:

Sympathy treble clef with washi 
Supplies: Paper - A2 card (brand unk) Neenah purple, Heidi Swapp Marquee Love glitter,
Bazzill black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Kaisercraft Provincial 6x6 patterned
Other - washi (brand unk), Michael's gems, Distress Markers, digi file for treble clef
Stamps - Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia (sentiment) & CL476 With Sympathy (lily - retired)
Dies - Hero Arts DI337 Nesting Ovals Infinity Dies
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 2 and 13

Thanks to my friend Heather for the music washi - perfect for me and my singing friends! The music clef digi-cut was given to me by my friends at Hero Arts back when I was a Hero Hostess (program now retired). They had developed some Silhouette cuts that would work with their stamps but I love to use them as silhouettes. I found the clef when I was doing my crafty clean-up and thought it was perfect for a lily bouquet. The service was lovely and my friend Mary was asked to sing the same solo she sang at our friend Lou's funeral a couple weeks ago. She did a fabulous job as did the male soloist who sang The Lord's Prayer in my favorite arrangements. About  20 chorus members (besides the sisters) attended and we sang a few songs during the luncheon at the family's request.

Anyway - hope we have no more losses of chorus members!! Thanks for stopping and hope you're having a great week.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Final Merry Monday Summer Link-up

Hi everyone - I'm back with one last entry to Merry Monday's Summer Link-up, then the Merry Makers are back on Labor Day with all new challenges. Be sure to stop by and check out my card and an announcement that day!

MERRY MONDAY
and August!

I scrolled through past challenges from 2017 and decided to do #241 from March - Deanne's challenge to use Red, Green, and White for your Christmas card. Spotted a red card in my pile and die cut a white snowflake circle tag. Freshly-Made Sketches provided inspiration with sketch #300 from August.


holiday greetings
Supplies: Hero Arts A2 Grenadine card, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Heidi Swapp Marquee Love,
BoBunny Merry & Bright Collection 6x6 pad (green pattern), 
American Crafts Christmas (white/red/green patterned - from Target Hot Spot)
Stamps - Hero Arts DC166 Merry and Bright Tag Set by Lia
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13, Hero Arts DC168 Winter Cheer Tag Set by Lia,
Hero Arts DI199 Circle Infinity Dies
Inks - Pine Needles Distress Ink, Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink
Other - scrap of ribbon, foam tape

I flipped the order of which strip of paper was on top & I made my strips the same size using a Blueprint banner die - one facing up and one down. My tag is a circle but, no worries, the challenge is long over! I just really liked the look of this sketch. I didn't like leaving the tag without a back since I didn't want to see the line where the red met the green. Liked it much better after backing the tag with a circle cut from glitter paper.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a crafty week!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sew Happy Birthday

Hi all - I'm sharing a birthday card I made for my sister. She celebrates #60 tomorrow but she already received the card so I'll post it today. Tami loves to sew & quilt, so this was perfect for her!

sew happy
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White & A2 marbled card, 
Paper Studio glitter,Basic Grey and Authentique patterned, Pop-tone Black Licorice
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Sewn With Love
Dies - Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut, Lawn Fawn Sewn With Love Lawn Cuts
Other - strip of washi, Michael's gems

What do you think of the staging for the photo? I'm not big on doing that but I popped a handmade doily (made by one of my Mom's friends) and some buttons into the scene. Looks so vintage! Speaking of quilts, I don't think I ever shared a photo of the quilt Tami made me for my retirement.

Quilt ensemble

The pattern is the Bali Wedding Star and, besides the quilt, Tami made the bedskirt, valance, and purple pillow shams (the decorative pillow was store bought). I love purple and Tami found the yummiest batik prints in that color! Thanks again to a talented sister!!

That's it for today - hopefully I'll have time later to create a card for the last week of the Merry Monday Summer Link-up. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your kind comments!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Christmas Cheer Wreath

Hi all - beautiful Wednesday in Minnesota and I'm indoors making cards, go figure.... Back today with my Merry Monday card - just this week and next for their Summer Link-up and then the Merry Makers will be back on September 4th.

Merry Monday
and August!!

I had some loose wreath pieces laying around and, during my crafty clean-up, I'm trying to use some of this random stuff. I layered two wreath and added some extra leaves. The die cut bow ended up on another project weeks ago so I added some patterned twill ribbon. I scored a few lines above the sentiment (hard to see in the photo) for some texture. This fits Challenge 244 to use a wreath on your card.

Supplies: Paper - DCWV A2 card, scraps of various greens
Sentiment stamp - Hero Arts CL890 Holiday Greetings
Die - Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Wreath
Other - foam tape, Copic Markers, Michael's dome gems, craft ribbon

Ugh - had to make another sympathy card today; a friend's dad passed away after a brief illness. Luckily I had stamped several sets of fuchsia flowers when I made a previous card so I just made a duplicate of that design. Then I made another Christmas card I'll be sharing in the near future. Now it's time to take inventory for September occasions - there are a bunch coming up so I'll need to get busy on those cards! How far in advance do you make your cards? Just curious - I try for at least a couple weeks, usually a month, ahead.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Merry Monday to keep up that Christmas card production!!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Anniversary Martinis

Hi all - back with an anniversary card for a pair of friends who were adopted into my family. They fit right in! For their 25th anniversary we went to Alaska, including sisters Tami and Kari and Tami's hubby. Nine years later - no big trips planned but maybe next year for 35!!

Anniversary golf martinis
Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts A2 foliage card, American Crafts plaid (from Target's Hot Spot),
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-tone Black
Stamps - Hero Arts CL272 All Occasion Msgs (retired) and Impression Obsession MC185 Fore Retirement
Other - foam tape, Hero Arts gems, 3M Washi Tape, Copic Markers

Bro-in-law Doug loves his martinis and both he & Connie love golf so I thought this golf martini image would be perfect.for them. I started by cutting a rectangle of Neenah white and stamping a martini. I stamped and fussy cut a second one to pop over the first. I put washi at the bottom and then extended it with Copics to resemble  a hill. Hand snipped a banner from a scrap of white for the sentiment. The sentiment stamp comes from an old favorite set with loads of simple sentiments in various fonts - love it!! I got the golfing martini set last year, enabled by my friend Heather. If interested, check out the cute Christmas card she made with this set. Thanks again, Heather, for helping me add to my stash!!

Thanks for stopping and happy crafting!!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reindeer Sleigh

Hey everyone - back today with yet another Christmas card. I was excited to pick up a new Hero Arts Stamp and Cut set the other day (love them) & couldn't wait to give it a play. I decided to make an A10 card so I could fit 8 reindeer and the sleigh on it.

reindeer sleigh
Supplies: Paper - Neenah brown and Solar White; Heidi Swapp Marquee Love glitter,
Authentique Christmas Essentials 12x12 pad
Stamps w/matching dies - Hero Arts DC216 Jingle All the Way Stamp and Cut
Stamps - SSS Falling Snow, Hero Arts Envelope Liner Background (retired)
Dies - banner from some MFT Blueprint, Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes
Other - Copic markers, foam tape, Michael's gems, gold pen, May Arts string twine

After I cut and stamped all the elements, I realized that I had no Santa to sit in the sleigh. This lead me to placing the sleigh on a rooftop - presumably Santa is inside the house!! I cut a triangle for the roof and then freehand cut some icicle trim to top it. One row of reindeer is popped up, as is the sleigh. I stamped the roof for some texture as well as the sky. For some reason the snow doesn't show up very well; we won't talk about the abortive attempt to use Distress Spray (I saved that piece just in case it works for something else....).

Hope this little scene brings a smile! Thanks for stopping!!

I'm adding this to the Merry Monday Summer Link-up using past challenge 231 Reindeer.

MERRY MONDAY
And August!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Skating moose - found him!!

Merry Monday all - I'm back to share a card with the stamp set I couldn't find until I searched most of last week! It fits for past challenge 254 to use a moose so I'm adding it to Merry Monday's Summer Link-up.

Merry Monday
and August!!

Skating moose
Supplies: Paper - Michael's A2 card, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter Petite pad, Authentique Cozy 6x6 pad, 
Echo Park The Story of Fall 6x6 pad (sweater pattern)
Stamps - Avery Elle Snow Much Fun (moose & sentiment), Hero Arts Woodland by Lia (bunny)
Dies - Avery Elle Snow Much Fun Elle-ments, Spellbinder's 2010 Holiday Trees, 
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Forest Border, Mini Snowflakes
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13
Other - Copic Markers, google eye, foam tape

I stamped the moose and colored him with Copics and added the google eye. His sweater was stamped on a scrap of patterned paper and fussy cut. I thought it was red but turned out to be orange from a fall paper pad! I simply colored it with a red Copic - perfect! The Authentique paper for the "sky" had snowflake on it but it looked empty so I added die cut snow flakes. What do you think of my plaid frozen lake for Mr. Moose's skating day?

Quick story - when challenge 254 was announced, I recalled 2015's moose challenge 175. I was enthralled by Kim's darling card - that week's challenge winner - and thought I'd ordered the Avery Elle set she used. But it wasn't in my Christmas stamp stash so I thought I was mistaken. Then I spotted the matching die set in a drawer - hmmm, where's the stamp set then??? I've done some crazy purchasing but didn't think I'd ordered the dies without the stamps! I hunted off and on during the week, starting with the obvious places. Going to the not so obvious places, I finally found it in a little box where I'd hastily thrown a few items before a Misty (brother's cat) visit. Moral of the story - put stuff back where it belongs!

During the search I also found some things I didn't know I had! And - oh no - a duplicate Tim Holtz mini stencil set. I asked my friend Betty if she had it - didn't, so I mailed it to her. Phew - I know she'll make good use of it! That's it for today - I'm off to practice some Christmas music that we're starting to rehearse already for our December show.

Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful week!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lost & found update

What's that old saying about things getting worse before they get better?? I feel this describes my crafty clean-up efforts perfectly! Last night I went back to my search for a missing stamp set - FOUND IT!! It wasn't where I expected either. I stamped off a few images but was too exhausted to do anything else. I'll finish a card with this set on Monday - you may have guessed, it involves Christmas!

This morning I went back to crafty clean-up but took an hour break to use a new Poppystamps die before I put it away in its new home. This item had a manufacturing delay, hence the long wait for my order. I also received a new Blueprints set from My Favorite Things and thought it would pair nicely. Finally, a random stamped fairy showed up during my cleaning frenzy so I decided to color her and incorporate her into my card.

fairy thanks
Supplies: Paper - Anchor Paper bargain bin marbled, Michael's blue, 
My Favorite Things Watercolor Wash, Paper Studio glitter
Stamps - Hero Arts CL663 Thanks a Bunch (retired), CG222 Music Background (retired) and 
August 2016 My Monthly Hero (fairy - sold out)
Dies - Poppystamps Tulisa Collage, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 32,
My Monthly Hero die to match the fairy
Other - Lemon Yellow Stickles, Copics, Hero Arts Ocean Ombre sequins,
Distress Inks - Black Soot and Antique Linen

Next, I'm sharing a card made for my friend Heather's sweet husband. Philip loves rock music and plays guitar so I found a rocker Silhouette image for his birthday card. He received it right on his birthday Wednesday so I was glad the postal system came through!

Rocker birthday
Supplies: Paper - Poptone beige and black, BoBunny Christmas Collage (star patterned)
Stamps - Hero Arts CL661 It's Your Day, CG279 Musical Clef, & You Rock (from a rocket set)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13 & 21 (retired)
Silhouette images - 60873 Rocker Boy by Patty Young and a bit of music flourish

Who would know that the star paper was from a Christmas pad?! I thought it was perfect for a rock star!! I had to look up the collection at BoBunny because, guess what, I've lost track of that 6x6 paper pad! Who knows where I set it, sigh.... Well, it's back to crafty clean-up (at least I'll try not to get distracted again!). Hope you're having a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

In Memory of a Queen Mum

Hi friends - I'm sharing a couple sympathy cards. We sent our friend and Queen Mum Lou off in style today. She passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago after a short illness. It was a sad, yet beautiful, day and we shared music and memories with Lou's family and the other attendees at her memorial. I made the card at left for Lou's (and my) friend Mary and the one at right for the family.

Pair of sympathy cards
Supplies: Paper - DCWV A2 pale blue cards, Graphic 45 patterned, Neenah Solar White
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20,
Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Postage Stamps, dies to match stamps
Stamps - CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia, S5449 Fabulous Flourish (retired)
Inks - Hero Arts Neon Pink & Fuchsia Layering Ink cubes 

Here's a photo of our two Queen Mums, Mary & Lou. Both are Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions, aka Queens of Harmony (hence the crowns). At our annual conventions, the past champions host a show and I took the photo at the 2010 show.

Queen Mums Mary & Lou

Lou sang baritone (same part as I do) and her quartet Music Gallery was the 1982 champ. A recording of them singing "Amazing Grace" played during the service - such a perfect example of their amazing blend!! Mother Mary (don't know how she does it) sang a solo and Lou's daughter Kim sang a duet with her husband while he played guitar. Her tenor, lead, and bass singers were at the memorial and sang after the lunch with another gal filling in on baritone. Any Sweet Adelines (many City of Lakes Chorus past and present members) who knew it sang "Thank you Dear Lord for Music".

I thank Lou for her friendship & musical advice over the years. In the card to her family I recalled Lou coming up to me after my first show appearance with my former quartet Chord Company. In her no-nonsense way she let me know how I could be better in the quartet and I know our success had much to do with her input! RIP Lou - I'll miss you!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Night Before Christmas

Merry Tuesday everyone - I'm back with a card for Merry Monday's Summer Link-up. The banner says Christmas in July but the link-up actually runs through August during the Merry-makers' vacations. Yay!!

Merry Monday

I was all over the map yesterday trying to use some new supplies and find some missing ones - LOL! Still haven't run into a stamp set whose matching die I've located.... But I did find the Graphic 45 paper I sought for a previous MM challenge - Night Before Christmas (#246 from May) - woo hoo!! I created a little sleigh  from a die I bought recently & was wondering what to do with it - nothing came to mind. Then I found the Graphic 45 paper and a new doily die. Suddenly my card came together! I love when that happens!!

Night before Christmas
Supplies: Paper - Neenah A2 card and red cardstock, Michael's green cardstock, Pop-tone beige & black,
Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas 8x8, Tim Holtz kraft metallic, Paper Studio glitter
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 2 & 13, Poppystamps Capri Sleigh
Your Next Stamp Doily Trio Two; Hero Arts DI199 Circle Infinity Dies
Other - Michael's gem, foam tape, washi tape

The Santa image came from one of the Graphic 45 papers. I partially cut a circle at the top, stopping the process so I could fussy cut the bottom. Then I layered it onto the green doily but didn't like the open half circle holes - I covered them up with a beige circle behind. Took a photo but didn't get the blog post done before I had to rush off to chorus rehearsal last night. When I got home, I thought something was still missing so I added the strip with the continuation of the poem. Too dark for a new photo so I waited until this morning. Hmmmm - still needed something so I added the narrow black washi (not sure of manufacturer) and took a new photo. I think it gave the sleigh a nice little "road" - what do you think?

Now I'm back on the trail of my missing stamp set - wish me luck! Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty week!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sharing Handmade Kindness

Hi all - hope you're enjoying the weekend! It's a bit gloomy today and we had a huge thunderstorm around 2p but I sang at Como Park with the City of Lakes Chorus and several other area Sweet Adelines choruses. We had a great time and the weather cleared up for our Harmony Explosion.

Today, I'm sharing a card made for a card drive.

Burger Birthday
Supplies: Paper - DCWV mocha A2 card, Neenah yellow, brown and Solar White, scrap of Michael's green, 
Studio Calico Here & There 6x6 pad (orange patterned)
Stamps - Hero Arts CL661 It's Your Day and CL754 OWH Dude (retired)
Dies - Hero Arts star, My Favorite Things Blueprints 2 and 13
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape, Michael's star gems, Silhouette for the Birthday (font ?)

Jacob Priestley, a young man suffering a terminal illness, will celebrate his 15th birthday on August 28th. My sister Tami (who's birthday happens to be on the 28th too) spotted Jacob's story on ABC 15 in Phoenix. He's trying to receive 100,000 birthday cards to raise his spirits and also awareness of his condition in hope of a cure. Tami shared the story with me because she knows we card makers love to share handmade kindness. I also posted the information on the Hero Arts Flickr group here and have heard from some members that they plan to send a card. So easy for us to do and it brings such joy to the recipient!

If you're interested in sending a card to Jacob, here's the address:

Jacob Priestley
PO Bx 855
Queen Creek AZ 85142

That's it for today. I'll probably be back tomorrow with a card for Merry Monday's summer link-up. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for stopping!

Monday, July 31, 2017

More Jingle Bells

Last Monday of July - the summer is flying by!! Hope you're enjoying it! I'm back with another card for the Merry Monday Summer Link-up so I can stay on top of my Christmas card production.

Merry Monday

I had another play with a recent stamp set purchase from Your Next Stamp. There are four little postage stamp images in the set and I chose the jingle bells to go with Challenge 240.

jingle bells
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Authentique Joyous & Wintery
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 and LJD Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window
Stamp - Your Next Stamp Holiday Postage  with matching die
Sentiment Stamp - Hero Arts - CL803 Family and Friends (retired)
Other - Copic Markers, Black Soot Distress Ink, Michael's gems, Wink of Stella, Marvy white gel pen

I colored the postage stamp with Copic Markers and added Wink of Stella to the bells. After die cutting the stitched rectangle, I cut the peek-a-boo window in it. I added white gel pen to the window stitches to emphasize them, then put the gems at the corners. Another Christmas card done!

That's it for today. I'm off to get my favorite summer Starbucks drink - Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Machiato! Delish!! Thanks for stopping & I hope you have a crafty week!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wedding Cake and Peace/Hope/Joy

Happy Thursday! Perfect summer day in Minnesota - nice heat and low humidity, blue skies with some fluffy clouds - ahhhh! I spent the early hours making a card for a chorus friend getting married this weekend but I got outside later this morning to enjoy the weather.

Wedding cake congrats
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper Studio glitter, 
Pop-tone Black Licorice, KaiserCraft Provincial 6x6 patterned
Other - Foam Tape, Hero Arts pearls, Sticko heart stickers
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21
Hero Arts DI198 Nesting Rectangles Infinity Dies
Sizzix 661806 Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders
Stamp & Die - Hero Arts DC184 Ribbon Messages
Stamp - Hero Arts CL360 Best Wishes

I started by stamping, fussy cutting, and coloring the birdie couple. What to do with them?? The stamp set also has a small wedding cake stamp so I was inspired to make a bigger layer cake stamp using rectangle dies. This was after trying to freehand draw one - it went wonky - argh!. After the three layers were cut from patterned paper, I thought like a cake decorator about trims. This sent me to my Lawn Fawn dies for the darling scalloped borders. Hmmm - needed some flowers so I pulled out the mini Tattered Florals - so cute. Instead of a cake plate, I decided to put the cake atop the sentiment banner (it took on a blue cast in the photo but it's white). The birdie couple had a few hearts in the stamped image so, having fussy cut the birdies leaving the hearts behind, I found some puffy heart stickers. Pearls to finish the flowers - done!!

In a rare burst of cleaning, I was going through some old saved Christmas cards. Found a gorgeous Hallmark card that I couldn't resist upcycling. I die cut the card front using a pierced rectangle die and kept the embellishments to a minimum with the stamped tree and snowflake embellishment.

peace hope joy
Supplies: Paper - DCWV Navy A2 card, scrap of Lawn Fawn patterned, recycled Hallmark card
Die - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21
Stamp - Hero Arts CL893 Kelly's Noel
Other - Tim Holtz snowflake charm

I will add this to Merry Monday's Summer Link-up, using 2016's Challenge 210 Peace/Joy & or Love as inspiration.
Merry Monday

Thanks for stopping by! I think I'll head out and enjoy some more of this beautiful weather!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Jingle Bells

Ho, ho, ho - Merry Monday! Back with a Christmas card for Merry Monday's Summer Link-up. It's week 4 of the Merry Makers' summer holiday and plenty of card makers have added wonderful cards to the gallery.

Merry Monday

Today I made a card harking back to Challenge 240 to use bells. Here's my card:

Merry and Bright Bells
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and DCWV green A2 card
Stamps - Your Next Stamp Holiday Postage and Mini Star Ink Splatter
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21
Ink - Distress Inks Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - Crayola colored pencils, Wink of Stella, Michael's gems, Copic black pen

My friend Lin recently posted a card using some darling mini-splatter stamps from Your Next Stamp. I love hearts so I headed over to their online store to order them. Of course, many more items found their way into my cart, including various splatter stamps and the set I used for this card. I was delighted with the quick service I got from YNS - the package came from Canada in less than a week! I'm still waiting on an order placed the same day from an American company - hmmmm.

I outlined the words "Merry" & "Bright" with a black Copic pen. You can see from the "and" what they would've looked like with just the Lucky Clover stamping. They just didn't seem to stand out enough after I stamped the bells in black. Let me know what you think! I was going to do a one-layer but I started by practicing on a piece of white card. I liked it enough to go ahead and use it. Might still try a one-layer...

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blue Snow globe

Hi all - back with another card for Merry Monday's Summer Link-up


Today's card is the one I actually started for this week before I got diverted by the moose card I posted yesterday. I used a new-to-me Memory Box die I found on Saturday - just love the sweet house & trees!

Blue snow globe
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, DCWV Blue A2 card, Foil card, and 
snowflake paper from Everyday Stack, BoBunny Serendipity Collection 6x6 (blue pattern)
Dies - Memory Box Countryside Circle, Hero Arts October 2016 My Monthly Hero Kit (sold out)
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13 and 20
Hero Arts DI199 Circle Infinity Dies
Stamps - Hero Arts October 2016 My Monthly Hero Kit
Other - Copic Markers, Michael's gems, Salty Ocean Distress Ink

I was inspired by Challenge 251 to do monochromatic blue (some neutral allowed so I used white). I cut the Countryside Circle along with a circle die using white cardstock. I put a snowflake patterned paper behind it & layered it onto a blue foil circle. Then I remembered the snow globe base die from a My Monthly Hero kit & decided to try it. I used the sentiment from the same kit and die cut a buck silhouette to add to the scene. I used the same paper I used for the stitched rectangle layer and thought it looked good. Funny thing, the blue patterned paper isn't a Christmas paper but it doesn't scream non-Christmas to me. Hope it works!

Thanks for stopping by! I have a busy week so won't be crafting any more until Saturday when Kim hosts a Scramble over on the Hero Arts Flickr Group. Stop and check it out if you have time!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Merry Moose 3

Hope you're not sick of the moose cards - I've been having fun with them! When I made last week's card for the Merry Monday Summer Link-up, I had a bunch of moose parts left over. So I decided to make a moose peeking out of a window frame. The moose theme was from Challenge 254 a few weeks ago.

Christmoose
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, American Crafts Christmas
DCVW calendar pack (snowflakes in window)
Silhouette Designs - 12000 Forest Moose by Sarah Bailey & 
69563 A2 Moose Card by Jamie Cripps (Santa hat)
Stamps - Hero Arts Christmas Crystals (retired) for the Merry
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13 & LJD Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window,
Hero Arts Speech Bubble Frame-cuts (retired)
Other - Copics, Stickles, foam tape

I'm a great one for not waiting while things dry! Can't tell you how many times I smudged the wet Stickles putting the Santa hat on Mr. Moose!! Then I got some black speckles on his face and had to blend those in - oh well.... I hand wrote the Christmoose on the speech bubble since I didn't have a stamp with it, nor was I energetic enough to build it with an alphabet set.

Merry Monday

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Merry Monday if you need to build your Christmas card stash! I have over 60 cards made already and still going strong!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thanks vase

Hi all - I had a chance to do some crafty shopping yesterday at this fun store, CF Stamps, about halfway between my house and my parents' house. I found a couple Sue Wilson dies from Creative Expressions, a sweet elephant die from Impression Obsession and a winter scene die from Memory Box (do you feel a Merry Monday card coming this week?!). I started by whipping up a thank you card for neighbors Therese & Greg who hauled away the tree branches I trimmed last Sunday. They also got some oatmeal fruit bars - I seem to be making them a couple times a week - so yummy!!

thanks vase
Supplies: Paper - Co'redinations Pastel A2 card, Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid 6x6
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, the Paper Studio glitter
Stamps - CM144 Color Layering Poppy
Dies - Sue Wilson Hobnail Vase & Queen Anne's Lace, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Hero Arts DI356 Color Layering Poppy Framecuts and DC152 Thanks Stamp & Cut
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape, inks from various My Monthly Hero kits by Hero Arts

All links are uncompensated. I linked to 123Stitch for the Queen Anne's Lace and Simon Says Stamp for the vase because it was out of stock at 123Stitch. Creative Expressions is a UK company so I didn't link to them since I'm in the US. 
I often shop at 123Stitch which has nice sale prices and other crafts like cross stitch and fabric. 
Otherwise, where possible, I'll link to the original company's website....

Isn't this a cool vase? After die cutting, you run it through with a rubber pad to emboss it. Same deal with the Queen Anne's Lace - love!! I colored the Queen Anne's Lace with Copics; the poppies are stamped (2 pinks, a red and a black ink). I fired up the MISTI to stamp a bunch of the poppies so I could make two versions of this card - so easy to pop the diecut flowers into the negative and quickly stamp the different layers!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a crafty weekend!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Merry Moose 2!

Merry Monday took July and August off but opened a Summer Link-up for those of us trying to keep up our Christmas card production. Just pick a previous challenge and get to work!

MERRY MONDAY

Two weeks ago on Merry Monday, Lori offered a moose challenge. I made a card (see it here) with a sweet moose stamp but I also cut a bunch of moose stuff on the Silhouette using white paper. I didn't get a chance to use them until last night when I colored them with Copics. This morning I stamped and cut out some ornaments to decorate my moose (more on that later). Went to the dentist and came home to put my card together. The moose has a lot of pieces so it wasn't a quick process! Here's my card:

Merry Moose
Supplies: Paper - Square card by ?, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 
BoBunny Christmas Collage Collection 6x6
Stamps by Hero Arts - CL900 Scandinavian Holiday by Lia, CL803 Family & Friends (retired)
CM100 Christmas Messages
Ink - Black Soot, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks
Die - Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders 
Silhouette Images by Sarah Bailey - Design ID 17458 Easter Moose & 12000 Forest Moose
Other - gems from Michaels, Copic Markers, google eyes, foam tape

Isn't he the cutest? I combined two different moose designs from Sarah Bailey, one of which was decorated with Easter eggs! Instead, I stamped and fussy cut some little ornaments of a similar size to the eggs from the design. With the span of the antlers, I decided to use a 5" square card - fortunately I had a few in my stash. I just love the little stitched scalloped borders from Lawn Fawn and find myself using them for snow drifts quite a bit. Anyway, this is another card you probably wouldn't mass produce but was sure fun to make!!

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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Couple of Birthday Cards and a Dollar Deal

Hi all - just a quick post of a couple more birthday cards using Graphic 45 papers. The add-ons to these cards, compared to others I've posted with this paper, came from the Dollar Store!! I popped into the local establishment to kill some time before an appointment and found these fabulous lacy stickers. I bought a package to try (there were a bunch of different designs) and will probably get a few more.

Birthday pair
Supplies: Paper - Natural A2 cards by Neenah, 
Graphic 45 8x8 Botanical Tea Collection, the Paper Studio glitter 
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 18 and 21
Spellbinders Die D-Lites S2-082 Sentiments One
Other - Michaels gem (colored with Copics), Jot stickers, 3M washi tape

The stickers have a plastic-y texture; sort of reminds me of those old fashioned tablecloths. It's not off-putting at all - they look delicate but are sturdy. Definitely not for archival scrapbooking but perfect for cards! That's it for today. This morning I trimmed some branches that dangled too low for the lawn guy to get under. Now I need a nap!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Scandinavian Christmas and Rose Birthday cards

Hi all - I can't let my Christmas card production lag during the summer months! Luckily, Merry Monday has a Summer Link-up! We can use it to upload new cards made for challenges offered earlier in the year.

Merry Monday

Today I'm harking back to Challenge 230 - Noel &/or Scandinavian. Karen LK, a friend from the Hero Arts Flickr group, sent me a darling Scandinavian stamp set a while back and I'm just getting a chance to use it. Perfect for this past Merry Monday challenge!

Scandinavian Christmas
Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, American Crafts Christmas (from Target Hot Spot)
Stamps by Hero Arts - CL900 Scandinavian Holiday by Lia, CL540 Christmas Reindeer (retired)
Ink - Festive Berries Distress Ink, Ranger Watering Can Archival (Wendy Vecchi)
Other - gems from Michaels

I just love this American Crafts paper I got last fall at Target - a perfect match for the Scandinavian theme. If you want to get a good start on your Christmas cards, be sure to check out Merry Monday! I try to play every week, even during the summer.

Next up, a birthday card for a friend using more lovely Graphic 45 Botanical Tea paper. I also love the marbled BoBunny Serendipity paper behind the rose panel. I bought two 12x12 sheets of it when I bought the 6x6 paper pad from this collection.

Birthday rose
Supplies: Paper - A2 card by ?, Graphic 45 8x8 Botanical Tea Collection 
Bo Bunny Serendipity Collection (marbled), scraps of other papers
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20
Hero Arts DI337 Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
Sentiment Stamp from Hero Arts CL661 It's Your Day

That's it for today. I mentioned posting a grad card but unfortunately I got a new phone and all my photos didn't transfer over - bummer. I'll get them off eventually but it's not a priority... Thanks for stopping and enjoy the weekend!!