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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Twofer #12: Birds

Hi, everyone!

With the storm affecting so much of the country, I hope you're somewhere warm. Maybe watching a little football... because that's what's going on in our place.

So, this seemed like a perfect time to share a couple of tweet cards I made for the current Twofer Challenge. Both cards feature Lawn Fawn winter sparrow stamps and dies. The first is a note that will go to a friend starting a new position at work. The second, which features birdies donning rainbow-colored apparel, is a birthday card for a dear friend.

Both Cards: Lawn Fawn winter sparrow stamps and dies
Just a Note: SU cardstock; watercolor paper; MFT sentiment; SU twine; Oxide ink; SU oval die
birthday tweetings: SU dp; watercolor paper; Winnie & Walter sentiment; Memory Box stencil; Oxide ink

Okay, back to football. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

W2CB #61: Hope

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge.

Our words for this first challenge of 2019 come to us from Emily Dickinson. 

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - 
and sings the tunes without the words - 
and never stops at all. 

This quote inspired me to make an encouragement card -- featuring a couple of feathered friends -- for a little one at Nationwide Children's. Yep, the card below will be going to SAS4Kids shipper Anne!

stash ??? dp -- gifted from a friend; Recollections and SU cardstock
SU basket builder images, stamped in Versamark black onyx
MFT speech bubble, grassy fields, and stitched rectangle dies
Lawn Fawn plane and simple sentiment, embossed with white powder

Hope you'll stop by W2CB to check out all our gals' creations... and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your very own. To start the year off right, there's $20 up for grabs to our winner's online store of her/his choice.   :)

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts: Heart-Themed Drive

Hi, everyone!

I'm here to share a card that is headed to the Cards for Little Hearts Heart-Themed Card Drive!

During February heart month, cards collected in this drive are given by hospital staffers for kids at the pediatric cardiology unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

If you'd like to help out, details and guidelines can be found here

SU cardstock; MFT dp
MFT Adorable Elephants images and coordinating dies
images stamped in Versamark black onyx, colored with SU watercolor pencils
other MFT dies: heart cover-all and grassy fields border
inking with broken china Distress Oxide
The design for this card was inspired by this week's MFT Sketch Challenge. So, I'm going to share this little elephant over there.

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

SAS4Kids: Love/Valentine's/AG Cards

Hi, everyone! Happy 2019!!!

It's the first Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge. And, actually, this is going to be our only challenge this month. When you stop by SAS4Kids, you'll see that we've changed things up by a bit in 2019.... posting a single challenge each month.

With the upcoming Valentine's holiday, our DT is focused on Love/Valentine's Day cards for our kids this month.  Of course, As always, Anything Goes cards are welcome, too.

MFT cover-up die-namic; SU cardstock; Martha Stewart dp
MFT sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark ink and SU white powder
SU heart punch; MFT heart die

Hope you'll have a chance to play along with us at Send a Smile 4 Kids. See you in the SAS4Kids gallery!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

With Thoughts of Spring

Hi, everyone! Hope the holidays have been wonderful... and that plans for 2019 are well underway!

Publishing blog posts and posting cards for challenges haven't been very high on my priority list since... June, to be perfectly honest. But, when I saw one of my favorite challenge blogs of all time had posted its last challenge... ever, I had to play along.

Huge thanks to Michele and all the CAS-ual Fridays designers -- past and present -- for years and years of fabulous inspiration. While it's wonderful to know the CAS-ual Fridays store will still be around, please know these bi-monthly challenges will be missed. So, it's with a touch of sadness, I offer the card below for the CAS-ual Fridays Dry Embossing Challenge.

stash dp (gifted from friend Mary Anne); SU cardstock
Cuttlebug and Sizzix/SU embossing folders
MFT stitched flowers dies; Recollections tiny pearls
center strip heat embossed with Versamark ink and Ranger clear embossing powder

embossing close-up
I was so excited in 2018 to receive a few CAS-ual Fridays shout-outs. I'd been trying for quite a while and was thrilled to be able to a little Friday happy dancing. But, it looks like I'm going to be erasing that bucket-list-winning-a-CASual-Fridays-challenge goal. Oh, well. Can't blame a gal for trying... right?!

All the best to Michele and her team! Happy 2019 to all!

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrapping!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas, my crafty friends! Have a joy-filled day!!!

SU paper; MFT sentiment and images; Distress ink

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

W2CB #60: Good at Christmas

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By challenge!

This time around, our words come to us from 11-year-old Kids-Quotes Benjamin.

I’m an angel at Christmas time, but the rest of the year I’m the real me.

For my card, I inked up one of those adorable My Favorite Things pup. This little guy looks like he's on his absolute best behavior.... but all bets are going to be off on December 26. Right?! 

Stampin' Up! cardstock; My Favorite Thing Happy Pawlidays images and sentiment
images and sentiment in Versamark onyx black ink; images colored with SU watercolor pencils

Hope you'll stop by Words 2 Craft By and check out our gals' wonderful creations, and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your very own. As always, there's $10 up for grabs to the e-tailer of the winner's choice.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! See you in the W2CB Gallery!!!