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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Preview: Cards for Little Hearts

Hi everyone! Hope the weekend is going well.


Last December, blogland friend Christina Hor sponsored a holiday card drive for the heart patients at Nationwide Children's.

Christina's getting a head start on this year's holiday season by hosting a Christmas-in-July-and-August card drive. Since I'm honored to be a stop on an upcoming card drive hop, I thought I'd take advantage of a little lull in challenge deadlines to make a card that will be going to Christina's kids.   :)



Doodlebug Designs north pole; Stampin' Up! black; stash red and green
Tim Holtz crazy dog images, stamped in Distress Ink black soot and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Memory Box stencil, inked in DI hickory smoke using a Ranger blending tool
Studio g sentiments in DI black soot
Creative Memories oval cutting system; Paper Smooches scallop die
non-furry elements highlighted with Glossy Accents



I've had this sentiment for a while. And, when these little pups came out last year, I knew their little faces just screamed "Uh-oh, Santa!" Pairing a crazy pup with this sentiment is a favorite holiday card thing for me to do. I thought this would make a fun card for an older child.

Today's card was inspired by the current Mojo Monday sketch. I took quite a bit of liberty with the two circular elements, changing them to ovals and making them much larger to accommodate the sentiment. Oh, yeah, I rotated it, too. LOL




Parting Thoughts

There's a Punches and/or Die Cuts 4 Kids challenge over at Send a Smile 4 Kids, a NUMBER MOUSE Challenge over at Words 2 Craft By, and a Candy Cane Challenge at Sparkles Christmas. We'd love to see your handiwork in our galleries.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!   :)


W2CB #40: N-U-M-B-E-R-S

Hi, everyone! Our April/May Challenge at Words 2 Craft By is filled with lots of possibilities. Our challenge words come to us from an immortal philosopher... Mickey Mouse!

Arithmetic is being able to count to twenty 
without taking off your shoes. 


The retired math teacher in me couldn't resist making a punny math card for an SAS4Kids little one.

riddle answer: nine
Stampin' Up1 stash dp; stash cardstock
computer generated riddle
MFT window stax die; Marvy circle punch; Paper Smooches scallop/wave die

Although our quote was chosen with Tax Day in mind, tax day has come and gone. But, there are lots of ways to go with these words. In addition to numbers, you could go with a school/math theme, a Mickey theme... or even a toe/shoe theme. 

Did I mention the winner will receive a gift certificate to the online merchant of her/his choice? 

See you over at W2CB!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Merry Christmas

Hi, everyone! Hope your day is going well.

Thankful Thursday

Today, I'm thankful for challenges that revive mojo. Ever since being back, I've not done much in the menopause room. Maybe it was getting caught up with all those back-home-to-do tasks. But, last night inspiration hit... thanks to:

So, here's an upcycled wreath with flowers, sketch-inspired card.  :)


Merry Christmas

The card at the right was my jumping off point for the card I'm sharing today. I've kept it for years and years and years. I believe it was the first handmade Christmas card we ever received. More than that, I remember being drawn to the pretty, glittery tone-on-tone tree, as well as its classic ivory-navy-tan palette. In other words, a perfect candidate for a makeover. 
  • My first step was dismantelling the layers with minimal damage. 
  • The original blue layer was used to create a backdrop for my wreath and the bottom layer to frame the sentiment strip.
  •  The original tan layer was used for the wreath and the middle layer for the sentiment strip.
  • In addition, some of the original tan layer was inked up with fired brick to die cut out the flowers.
  • Flower centers were punched out from that pretty glittery tree. Silver Stickles were applied to add a little extra shine.  
  • The original bow was paired up with a sweet gingham ribbon, and a tiny bit of the original ribbon was tucked under the flower cluster. 
  • Some scraps of very vanilla that were pretty a pretty good match for the original tree layer were used for the sentiment and the bottom layer of the wreath panel.
  • Finally, the wreath panel and sentiment strip were attached to an embossed mossy meadow card base.

recycled tan, blue, and glittery tree papers; Stampin' Up! mossy meadow and very vanilla
Creative Expressions wreath die Sue Wilson; Paper Smooches botanicals 2 dies
Martha Stewart branch punch; SU owl builder and cookie builder punches (for flower centers)
Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder; Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbon
SU good greeings sentiment, stamped in tip top taupe
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Xyron; foam backing; Ranger multi medium; Zots glue dots

Parting Thoughts

We have a punches and/or dies challenge going on at Send a Smile 4 Kids. Birthdays, thank yous, any theme at all as long as you use at least one punch/die. SAS4Kids is a great way to bring big smiles to little faces in need of a pick-me-up.

And, don't forget about our Words 2 Craft By Challenge. We'd love to have you play along with our N-U-M-B-E-R M-O-U-S-E challenge. 

Have a great Friday. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sending BIG Hugs

Hi, everyone! Hope it was a lovely weekend.

It's a rather lazily quiet day around here day. The kids have the day off as part of a four-day mini holiday break. No buses, very little traffic... just a few lawn mowers on a sunny spring day.  :)

So, I just had to break down and buy MFT's Up in the Air set. It was too darn cute to resist. When I saw the current MFT sketch, it was screaming for a hot-air-balloon-flying elephant... and I knew it was about time to ink up a few of these stamps.  :)

This little fella is going to fly right into the Send a Smile 4 Kids box that I'm packing up now. And, since it seemed appropriate for a wee little one, I kept it safe for itty, bitty hands.


stash dp; Recollections white and black
MFT Up in the Air images, stamped in Distress Ink black soot and colored with Prismacolor pencils
computer-generated original sentiment; Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder
Simon Says Stamp falling hearts stencil, inked in DI faded jeans with a Ranger blending tool


Parting Thoughts

A new Words 2 Craft By Challenge started up on Wednesday. If you're a fan of Mickey, Disney, and/or numbers -- that's right, numbers -- this is the challenge for you. Hope you'll join us over at W2CB.

Take care and have a great week! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!




Saturday, April 15, 2017

SAS4Kids Dies and Punches

Hi, everyone! It's a Send a Smile 4 Kids day here.

  • Our challenge for the next few weeks is using Punches and/or Dies 4 Kids. 
  • And, we have prizes from two great sponsors: $10 to Little Blue Button and $15 to Repeat Impressions.





For my card, I just couldn't resist this little cute-as-a-button Monkey with Sign digi from Little Blue Button. I mean, have you ever seen a cuter face? EVER?

Monkey with Sign digi from Little Blue Button, colored with Prismacolor pencils
Recollections Paddywhack dp; Stampin' Up! (and stash white) cardstock
SU circular stitched dies; Paper Smooches (Courteous Cuties) bubble dies
SU white twine; SU/Sizzix leaf embossing folder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots; Zig 2-way pen

I used several dies on this one: SU circular stitched dies and PS Courteous Cuties bubble dies for circular embellishments. In addition, I used a WORD text box to add the sign's message. So sweet... even after my coloring. LOL  :)

Since I used dies on this card, I'm going to link this little fella up to the current Shopping Our Stash Challenge.


Hope you'll play along with us at SAS4Kids. Any theme goes. All you need is at least one punch or die.

Finally, have a blessed Easter celebration. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone!

We snow birds flew back home to Ohio after spending the last couple of months in South Carolina. Tonight, I'm thankful for:
  • safe travels,
  • lush, green lawns, 
  • sorted mail, unpacked suitcases, and checked-off to-do lists, 
  • and our wonderful SAS4Kids card makers. I came home to nine packages of flowers, butterflies, baby animals, and spring colors. Huge thanks to all who make cards for our kids. You're the best!
I probably won't be posting again until Saturday. So, have a great weekend. Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

It's a Decoration!... a Jean Pocket!... a Diaper?

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a great weekend.

Nephew's Birthday Card: Take One

So, a funny thing happened on the way to making my soon-to-be-seventeen nephew's birthday card.

When showing the card to hubby, he asked what the focal element was supposed to be. When I responded with a jean pocket, he response was, "Really? It looks like a diaper to me."

And, darn if he wasn't right. So, back to the drawing board...

The good news? I have a perfect card to share at Darnell's Boo-Boo (and NBUS) Blog Hop. LOL  The best news? Hubby told me this before I mailed my nephew's card. WHEW!!!


Nephew's Birthday Card: Take Two

The inspiration for my card was the current Sketch Saturday sketch. I thought I'd be cute swapping out the circle element with that now infamous jean pocket. So, I went the more traditional route this second time... which meant I actually followed the sketch more closely.

For the bottom horizontal strips, I started with the blue-faux-stitched dp strips. I then added a dark blue piece between these. Finally, I added narrow brown strips to provide some much needed contrast.

All in all, I think I've created an okay teen boy card.



Stampin' Up! crumb cake; Authentique original dp
Simon Says you matter sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark and SSS copper powder
SU stitched circle dies; Paper Smooches stitched die
SU owl builder (for small circles) and itty bitty banner punches
edges inked in SU tip top taupe
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots glue dots; foam backing

Since this is a birthday card, I'm also sharing it at the Simon Says Happy Birthday Challenge -- in celebration of the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge's 8th birthday.  :)


That's it for tonight. Have a great weekend. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!