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Welcome to Chapter Three: Taking Life One Page at a Time -- a space to blog about those things that keep this retired gal from getting into ...

Monday, August 29, 2016

yappy birthday

Hi, everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start.

I'm here today with a birthday card inspired by Darnell's NBUS Challenge #7. I just love Darnell and couldn't wait to join in her newest never-before-used-schtuff challenge.

For my card, I inked up two of the Crazy Dogs that had not yet found their way out of the package, wearing their NBUS party hats.  :)

Full Disclosure: My card is a CASE of Laura Bassen card, which can be found here. Laura is soooo amazing, and I just couldn't resist trying out her idea with a few crazy pups of my own. My sentiment is computer-generated.

Strathmore watercolor paper; Neenah Soler white,  Recollections white, black, and silver glitter cardstocks
Tim Holtz crazy dogs and crazy things images, stamped in StazOn jet black and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes dies; MFT you make my tail wag paw-prints
Distress Inks: abandoned coral, barn door, twisted citron, bundled sage, mowed lawn, hickory smoke
dog features enhanced with Wink of Stella; eyes also embellished with Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz layering templates, applied using Ranger blending tool
Creative Memories circle cutting system
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Recollections foam squares
While I would love to share this at SAS4Kids, it'll will more than likely go to a dog-loving friend. I just need to decide if that friend is Teresa or Colleen.


A big shout-out to Kay and Marly for the adorable cards they sent in last week for SAS4Kids. The kids re going to love these cards! And, these kind ladies donated a couple of big boxes of A2 envelopes earlier this year. 

Thanks so much, Kay and Marly!  

Parting Thoughts

There's still time to play along with three of my favorite blog challenges. The Anything Goes Challenge at SAS4Kids ends next Friday, the Cards in Envy Hip to Be Square Challenge runs until next weekend, and the A Single Step Challenge at Words 2 Craft By goes is open until a week from Wednesday. There is fun to be had at all three, and prizes to be won at SAS4Kids and W2CB. Hope you'll play along.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

W2CB #32: A Single Step

Hi, everyone!

I'm here with a Words 2 Craft By mid-challenge post. (Will wonders never cease? I actually have a project -- a mini project, but a project -- to share instead of a card!)

Our current inspiration words come to us from Lao-Tsu: The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. 

And, these words inspired me to make a quick tag for a box of welcome-to-the-neighborhood Gigi's cupcakes.  :)

Stampin' Up! crumb cake cardstock; house cut from stash sheet of home embellishments
sentiment: Winnie & Walter big, bold Christmas stamps in StazOn jet black
Distress Ink picked raspberry, applied with Ranger blending tool
SU crumb cake wide ribbon and linen thread, stash (SSS?) sequins
EK hole punch; adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte

Our challenge runs until September 7. We are equal-opportunity-crafters at W2CB and all quote-inspired projects are welcome. And, there are some MFT gift certificates up for grabs.

You can click here to go to the original post and Linky. Hope to see  you over at W2CB.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Hi, everyone! Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!

I'm here tonight with a card inspired by Jingle Belle's Hark the Herald Angels Sing Challenge, which is to make a card inspired by a Christmas carol. For my card, I remembered some generic musical dp and a paper  with a Twelve Days of Christmas theme.

Once I decided to go with these papers, I wondered how I could build my card around the current Mojo sketch.

KaiserCraft merry & bright collection; stash musical dp; Core'dinations chocolate lovers cardstock
gold elements: heat embossed using Inkadinkado powder and a Versamark pen
Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop die; Paper Smooches wave die
Stampin' Up linen thread; circles created using various SU dies
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; Recollections foam adhesives

The gold accents were all done by heat embossing the brown cardstock with Inkadinkado gold powder and a Versamark pen. The circle embellishments were embossed twice. And, the circular dp element was punched out of one of the KaiserCraft tags. If you look closely, you can see it ties into the Twelve Days theme.

Parting Thoughts

Have a great weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with a W2CB mid-challenge mini project. Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday, and an SAS4Kids box of cards

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a good week.

I'm here with another edition of Thankful Thursday. And, even though I spent a good portion of the day crafting,  don't have a card to share today. I'm trying to work ahead on a couple of upcoming DT challenge commitments. So, today's card will be coming your way in... November.

But, before Thankful Thursday, I want to give a big shout-out to fellow Ohioan Sherry Chaney for this SAS4Kids box she sent which was full of much-needed thank yous. Thanks so much, Sherry!

Thankful Thursday

Last week I was thankful for retirement. Again this week, I'm thankful for being retired.... but for entirely different reasons. I am grateful for the gift of time: the time to tutor kids at the library's Homework Help Center and the time to go to brunch and an afternoon movie with a good friend. Right as the movie was starting, Joan commented on how wonderful it was to go to a movie in the middle of the day. I replied, "It doesn't get much better than being with one of my favorite people, eating one of my favorite foods (aka movie popcorn), while doing one of my favorite things in the entire world."

Parting Thoughts

I'll probably be back on Saturday with a project for Our Words 2 Craft By Challenge. And, if the card-making muses are kind, I may be back with a card or two these next couple of days.

Until then, have a nice Friday. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lucky Number 1 + 4 + 1 + 1 + 5 + 1 (aka 13)

Hi, everyone!

Boy, it's been busy the last couple of days. Good busy, but busy. So busy that I've been plumb worn out at the end of the day. Who knew retirement could be so exhausting?! LOL

Fortunately, I found a little time to play with paper this afternoon. My original plan was to make a playful thank you card to send in my next box of SAS4Kids cards for Nationwide Children's. But, the end result was a card that I think would be perfect for a PPL librarian who is retiring this week after 31 years of service to the Pickerington community.

Nothing fancy in terms of new techniques or sophisticated design. Just a little inking and masking to create a heartfelt thanks for a special librarian who is really going to be missed by PPL patrons.

Strathmore watercolor papers; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Simon Says Stamp letter tiles, stamped in StazOn jet black and masked with removable labels
Distress Inks peacock feathers, mustard seed, and picked raspberry, applied with Ranger blending tools and an SU decorative mask
DI black soot, applied with Ranger mini mister and a toothbrush
Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbons; SSS fall sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; Zots glue dot; Recollection foam squares

I'm going to share this card over at the Shopping Our Stash Stand Up and Be Counted Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp It's Hip to be Square Challenge. (It's a big day for me at SSS. I'm actually using products from the featured company -- in this case, SSS -- on my card. Woot, Woot for me!

Parting Thoughts

Meeting with my Stamp Club gal pals tonight. We are going to practice ink blending. I've packed up my back with lots of Distress Inks, Ranger blending tools and sponges, and scrap papers to share the joy of Distress Inking with my friends.

Really think I need to get to a little housework tomorrow. Maybe the cleaning gods will reward me by providing some clarity about a pumpkin idea that's trying to work its way out of my and onto a card.  :)

Our Words 2 Craft By A Single Step Challenge is still going on. It runs until the first Wednesday in September. So, there's still plenty of time to link up a card/project -- and maybe win one of those MFT gift certificates.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shining Bright on Opening Night

Hi, everyone! Just doing a little bloggin' while watching the closing ceremonies. It's actually been a pretty quiet weekend around here. How about you? Quiet or busy, hope it's been a good one.

I have a couple of SAS4Kids pics to share. The first features a couple of cards sent in from one of our cardmakers, the second is a card I made for the current SAS4Kids Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge.

A Few of  Kathy's SAS4Kids Cards

Kathy, thanks again for donating! These Paper Smooches cuties were my favorite... and I know the kiddies will love them.  :)

My SAS4Kids Card: Shining Bright on Opening Night

DCWV Sweet matstack for pleated stage curtain; Neenah Soler white; Recollections blacked
Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs and Crazy Things images, stamped in StazOn jet black, colored with Prismacolor pencils
(image colored in grayscale, with the exception of hat, collar, and tie accents)
image features embellished with Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, and Uniball gold pen
Mama Elephant Reindeer Games lights, stamped in StazOn jet black, colored with Prismacolor pencils
Stampin' Up! Be the Star sentiment, stamped in StazOn jet black
background: Distress Inks mustard seed and scattered straw, applied with Ranger blending tool
Simon Says A2 curved edge die; Paper Smooches Borders 3 banner die
background detailed with SU star decorative mask
stash tassels; Little Things from Lucy's Cards Antique Christmas sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Paper Studio foam circles; Ranger multi medium matte; Zots glue dots

The card above was inspired by this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge. When I first saw the sketch -- specifically the top element, I immediately thought of a stage curtain. I hope I've created a stage/theater feel. And, who better to bask in our opening night spotlight than a Crazy Dog?!

For those of you who have been following my attempts to honor my blasted no-buying-online-stamps-and-dies New Year's resolution... Yep, Brutus' bow tie and hat are from a newly purchased stamp set. Darn you, Tim Holtz and Kristina Werner!!!! I've broken my resolution three times, and you are responsible for two of those times. (Just for the record... Kim Hughes at Paper Smooches is responsible for my third misstep.)

Parting Thoughts

So, is anyone else drooling over the new SU holiday catalog? I think there are going to be a few punches coming this way... for starters. (Repeat after me: no stamps no dies no stamps no dies...)  :)

The Single Step Challenge is still going on over at Words 2 Craft By. And, we will be giving My Favorite Things to one randomly selected follower and one randomly selected participant. That's in addition to the chance to win a Guest Designer gig for a future W2CB Challenge. Hope you'll stop by and play along.

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'.  :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful Thursday & A Card!

Hi, everyone!

Hope it's been a good week for you. I'm not sure where this week's gone. But, I do know it's a week in which I've been quite thankful for being retired. How else would I've managed to clean house, watch some Olympics, and make a couple of cards? It really is true that the days manage to fill up when you're retired. All the folks who used to say they didn't know how they had time when they were working. Yep, that's very true.

Thankful Thursday

And, actually being retired is what I'm thankful for this week. I am indeed thankful for having the time to clean and watch and create. This week, I'm most thankful for Tuesday morning. You see I woke up with a case of the lurkies. (When someone in the family isn't feeling the best -- for no apparent reason, we call it a case of the lurkies.) In the past, I would've gotten up, gotten ready for work, and gone in to the office. But, Tuesday, I got out of bed, took a couple of Tylenols, went back to bed, slept in until 11:15,, and felt sooooo much better.  :)

Today's Card: hello fabulous friend

Today's card was inspired by the Shopping Our Stash What's the Good Word? Challenge to use word dies and the Simon Says Stamp's Make for the Border Challenge to use border dies.

Stampin' Up! stash (retired) paper; SU neutral core paper; stash coral cardstock
Winnie & Walter sentiment die and stamps
"fabulous friend" heat embossed in Distress Ink faded jeans with Ranger clear embossing powder
Paper Smooches stitched dies
Lawn Fawn mini snowflake dies; SU flower and cupcake builder punches
stash sequins; Glossy Accents applied to die cut elements
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen

Think this little card is going to a friend who might be in need of a pick-me-up.

Parting Thoughts

Making this short and sweet because I need to work on a new neighbor gift. So, I'll leave quick reminders about the new Cards in Envy Challenge that posted on Monday and the Words 2 Craft By Challenge that posted about a week ago.

Have a great Friday! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'.  :)