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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.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Halloween set - Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Hi all - I've mentioned Cards for Hospitalized Kids in the past - a worthy charity bringing joy to hospitalized kids by sharing handmade cards. Today I have a set of Halloween cards to send this charity. I ordered the Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition Halloween kit (sold-out) and it came in yesterday's mail - Yay!!

*** Warning - photo-heavy post ahead ***

Limited Edition Simon Says Stamp Halloween Card Kit CREEPY CUTE CCHK17 Preview Image
Photo from Simon Says Stamp's site

The kit came with the following:

  • Exclusive Simon Says Stamp 4x6 Clear stamp set "Creepy Cute"
  • Exclusive Simon Says Stamp Wafer thin Die "Witch Cat"
  • Exclusive Seed Beads "Fright Night"
  • Phrases and Stickers "Bootiful Night"
  • 3 sheets of 6x6 Cardstock in Doublesided Patterns
  • 2 Jars Tonic Mini Glow Drops: Banana Split and Apple Sour
  • WOW Glow in the dark Embossing Powder
  • 30 Mini Googly Eyes
  • Doodlebug Tricky Treat Braddies
  • My Mind's Eye "Trick or Treat" Puffy Stickers
  • 3 zipper close Kraft Stand up Treat pouch goody bags
  • Large Treat Box with Window
  • Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in White and Black
  • 1 Package Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings
  • 12 Thick Tim Holtz Halloween Kraft Papers 8x8
  • 1 Ranger Foil Tape Sheet

  • What fun I had playing with this wonderful kit today, creating cards for a great cause! I made 20 quick cards using many of the kit's stickers and papers, plus some additions from Michael's & Target's bargain bins. I still have plenty of papers left and haven't even touched half the stuff in the kit! Here are the cards:

    Halloween cards set 1

    Halloween cards set 2

    Halloween cards set 3

    Halloween cards set 4

    Halloween cards set 5

    Just need to add messages to the insides but I consider this quite an accomplishment for 3 hours work! It helped to use DCWV A2 cards (neutrals) and I die cut the same stitched rectangle from My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired) twice from 10 different papers.The kit's papers were from Tim Holtz's Halloween 8x8 paper pad (black or brown & orange papers on one side/kraft on reverse). The only other background paper I used was from a Michael's Halloween 6x6 pad (the spider web paper), plus some orange & black DCWV card stock. Here and there I also used some black Tim Holtz washi I had in my stash. The puffy pumpkin stickers came from Michael's and the Target $ bin had the fun enamel stars and spiders. I also used Hero Arts DC197 Halloween Trimmings Stamp & Cut for the Happy Halloween on some of the cards.

    Although the kit is sold out, many of the items are available singly at Simon Says Stamp so check it out if interested! Thanks for stopping and if you have a spare moment, visit Cards for Hospitalized Kids. You may find yourself sending them cards as I and some of my friends have been doing.

    Hope to see you back tomorrow for my latest Merry Monday Guest Designer card. Can you believe it'll be week 4 already?!

    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


    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!

    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.

    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.

    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!!