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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 ...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb: Kiddie Cards!

I was so excited when Celeste and Deb asked me to join them as a Guest Designer at their monthly Coffee and Cards collaboration! And, when they told me the month's theme was kiddie cards in honor of Send a Smile 4 Kids.... well, I was doing one serious happy dance!

Thanks so much, ladies, for your sweet invitation... and for your support of SAS4Kids.  :)

I've been working on guy cards for the masculine/Dad's Day box I'm putting together for Nationwide Children's in Columbus, OH. (In addition to making cards for this wonderful group, I am one of the SAS4Kids shippers.)

So, for today's card, I broke out that adorable Lawn Fawn Out of this World stamp set and a few of those amazing Distress Oxides.

Distress Ink core papers; Neenah Soler white; Recollections silver glittery paper
Lawn Fawn out of this world images, die, and sentiment
sentiment stamped in Versamark embossing ink and embossed with Stampin Up white powder
astronaut stamped in Versamark onyx black and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Spellbinders and Stampin' Up! circle dies; ??? star corner rounder punch
SU/Sizzix embossing folder; Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents embellishments
adhesives; Scotch ATG; foam backing
DIY wobbler: glue dots, removable labels, Beadalon 26 gauge wire

Click here for CASE card details!
My wobbler is a DIYer, using a technique that was demonstrated at a Simon Says CREATE Make-n-Take. And, I surely do love Tim's Oxides. My planet's base is Distress Ink dusty concord core paper. These inks must really be mistake-proof if I'm able to make them work. (And, did I mention that this planet was spritzed with shimmer mist... and is way cool!)

Truth in advertising time. My card is a complete CASE of the card at the right, which was made by an uber-talented cardmaker named Toni Maddox... and was spotted in the SOS gallery. Thanks, Toni, for the inspiration. I still like your card's colors and background better than mine!

Okay, so Celeste and Deb always share details about their beverages-du-jour. Celeste even reminded me to take a pic of what I'm sipping on this morning. Well, as a former teacher, I could choose to get my daily caffeine fix from the faculty lounge coffee pot or vending machine. I always went for the vending machine. So, today, I'm sipping on a diet cherry Dr Pepper. Something tells me you don't really need a pic of that. And, as for my sweet little astronaut, I've got a feeling he's gulping down some tang.  LOL

If you haven't yet checked out Celeste and Deb's posts... by all means hop over and see the kiddie cards these two talented gals have made. And, if you'd like to check out the current Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge, please click here.

Again, huge thanks to Celeste and Deb for the invite to get inky with them. They had me at "kid cards".   :)

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

cry. laugh. remember

Hi, everyone! Welcome to a Stamp-Club-inspired Thankful Thursday.

Last night's get-together was filled with emotions. There were remembrances of Make-N-Takes at Simon Says Stamp's recent CREATE event, laughter about an upcoming retirement, and tears over the recent loss of a beloved furry family member.

Fittingly, tonight's card is going to be sent to our friend who is mourning her dog's passing.

Bazzill cobblestone and Stampin' Up! black cardstocks; Distress Ink Victorian velvet core paper
My Favorite Things you make my tail wag paw print image
MFT pierced heart STAX dies; SU square stitched die; Simon Says A2 curved die
CMTH big hugs sentiment, in Versamark black onyx
Cuttlebug and SU/Sizzix embossing folders

The Bazzill cobblestone cardstock was a real fine at Tuesday Morning. Two 25-sheet packs were just #2.99 each! And, the sentiment came from one of those 17 CTMH stamp sets that I got as part of that amazing garage sale find a few weeks ago. Kind of balances out those MFT splurges.  :)

Speaking of MFT, this card was inspired by the current MFT Sketch. So, I'll be sharing this over at MFT.

And, because it is a furry friend sympathy card, I'm going to link it up at the Simon Says Furry Friends Challenge.

Parting Thoughts

Another quick reminder that our Words 2 Craft By Springtime = Party Time Challenge is still open. This challenge's words come to us from Robin Williams... and we'd love for you to join us.

Have a nice Friday. I hope to be back with a patriotic card this weekend. Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hats Off to You!

Hi, everyone! Happy Wednesday!

Today's card was inspired by the current CAS-ual Fridays Sketch Challenge. When I first saw the sketch, I envisioned a dad card with nine hats... each centered in a die-cut circle. I just never envisioned a card that would become quite so labor intensive. (Why didn't I just stamp nine hats directly on the base? LOL)

That said, I LOVE the results. Tim's Oxides really are amazing! They really are mistake proof. You just have to keep drying and re-applying. (Okay, that does take a little patience.... but the results are soooo worth it!)

Think this one's going to my dad for Father's Day. He dabbles in painting and would really appreciate the inking process.   :)

Strathmore watercolor paper
Stampin' Up! guy greetings images and sentiment in CTMH black pigment ink
Nestabilites circle dies
Tim's Simon Says Stamp 2014 CREATE stencil; SU decorative stripe mask
Distress Inks:  black soot; Oxides: broke china, fossilized amber, iced spruce
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing 

Short and sweet! Just a quick reminder that our Words 2 Craft By challenge is open through June 7.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

W2CB #41: Springtime = Party Time

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday!

We're at the halfway point of our current Words 2 Craft By Challenge. This month's words come to us from Robin Williams. (Click here to go to our original challenge post.)

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's Party"!

There's going to be a party of sorts in our neighborhood in early June. We will be celebrating the installation of a Little Free Library with a ribbon cutting ceremony. (Stay tuned for lots more about that!!!)

Today's card will be presented at the ceremony to the builder of our library.

Stampin' Up! chocolate chip cardstpck; Neenah soler white; various Distress Ink core papers
Hero Arts branches and blooms images; SU bookcase builder images
images stamped in Distress Ink Oxides worn lipstick, broken china; Distress Ink walnut stain, brushed sage; CTMH saddle
SU stitched circle die; EK hole punch (to securely attach ribbon)
LFL window: stash paper protector; LFL handle: Recollections pearl, colored with black and brown Sharpees
Cuttlebug and Sizzix/SU embossing folders; Really Reasonable Ribbon jute
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots; Zig 2-way glue pen

Since our challenge is open through June 7, there's still lots of time to play along. Did I mention there's a $10 gift certificate up for grabs?!

See you at W2CB.  :)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

season's tweetings

Happy Weekend, everyone! Hope it's been a good one.

Today I have a tweet little card that was inspired by the current Sketch Saturday sketch and the Jingle Belles Blue Christmas Challenge. I'd been meaning to play along at Jingle Belles and, when I saw the sketch, I immediately envisioned a trio of bluebirds atop those banners.

Doodlebug Design polar pals dp; Distress Ink core paper; Simon Says Stamp lilac cardstock
Lawn Fawn winter sparrows images, stamped in CTMH black and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Lawn Fawn winter sparrows sentiment, stamped in CTMH twilight
birdies embellished with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents
Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes dies; Stampin' Up! embossing folder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2 way glue pen

Think I'll also share these little tweeties over at the Cards in Envy Favorite Color Combo {Anything Goes} Challenge... because I do love blue and purple on a Christmas card, and the A Bit of Sparkle Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.

One last thing about these tweeties, they will be going to the pediatric cardiac unit at our local children's hospital as part of an upcoming Cards for Little Hearts card drive. Stay tuned for more info on how you can donate a card or two to this worthy cause.

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder that our Springtime = Party Time Challenge is up and running at Words 2 Craft By. We'd love for you to play along for a chance to win $10 to an online retailer of your choice.

That's it for now. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

SAS4Kids: Bright Colors 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the third Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge. These next few weeks, we're looking for cards with bright colors for kids.  :)

Our two wonderful sponsors for this challenge have supplied a couple of great prizes: 3 free digis from Paper Nest Dolls and 8 Glitter Drops from Tonic Studios.

I used a sweet little image from Paper Nest Dolls to make a card that would be perfect for a daddy's little helper.

image: Owen Building Birdhouse from Paper Nest Dolls
image printed on stash cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils
SU black and bright cardstocks; Recollection paddywhack dp
Memory Box stencil, inked in SU tip top taupe with Ranger blending tool
SU decorative mask, inked in Distress Ink hickory smoke
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing
So, a little about this card. I went with a bigger image size, which was great for a focal point but tough for coloring -- at least for me, LOL The end result is that my pencil coloring is not as bright as I would've liked... because I stopped coloring before getting a waxy look. But, I think -- I hope -- my cardcstock and dp are colorful enough to meet our challenge theme.  :)

Hope you'll join us at Send a Smile 4 Kids for this challenge. There's nothing like some big bright colors to cheer up some little patients.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Small-Town Inspired Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone! Seems like a while since I've posted. Hope life's been treating you well.

I've had a little astronaut and one big planet on my crafting table the last three days. The good news is that this card's finally done, and the great news is that it's absolutely adorable. However, the bad news is that I can't post it yet since I made it for an upcoming challenge.

I do, however, have a Father's Day card to share... that is a direct result of today's Thankful Thursday events.

Thankful Thursday

Weekend before last, I headed northwest for a weekend visit with a dear, dear friend. That Saturday morning we went garage sale shopping. At one of our stops, we came across tons of wonderful stamps, mini inks, papers.... honestly, anything a card maker could want. Turns out it the owner's mom is a CTMH consultant who is changing obsessions {ahem} hobbies.

So, I picked up a handful of items... and took $33 out of my wallet.... asking for a total in case I needed to put anything back. While I was drooling {ahem} browsing through all these yummy things, my friend had put in a good word for me.... and let the consultant know I made cards for SAS4Kids.... and that she could probably make a deal or two if she really wanted to unload some stuff.

The consultant used to make cards for a hospice ministry and totally understood my mission. As unbelievable as it sounds, my $33 bought: 30 mini pigment ink pads, stamping tools, embossing ink and powder, fringe scissors, a 40-card card-making kit, some 12 x 12 double-sided paper... and 17 CTMH stamp sets, including the stamp set used on the card shown at the right.

I can't even begin to thank Deb for her kindness and generosity.

Parting Thoughts

SU black cardstock
Distress Ink core paper
CTMH stamp set, in Versafine black onyxSU Sizzlet buttons; SU linen thread
SU stitched oval die
Scotch ATG; foam backing
Cards in Envy currently has a Favorite Color Combo {Anything Goes} Challenge. My color choices tend to vary with the seasons, but blue and brown is a favorite go-to combo for guy cards. So, I'm sharing this SAS4Kids Dad Day card over at SAS4Kids.

Speaking of challenges, our newest Words 2 Craft By Challenge is about a week old. We'd love for you to play along with us. There's a $10 gift certificate to the online merchant of the winner's choice up for grabs.  :)

Have a nice evening. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!