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Sunday, March 19, 2017

YOU make the world a better place

Hi, everyone! Happy Sunday!

I'm here today with a card inspired by the current MFT sketch.

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to win an MFT gift certificate in a card-making challenge. I thought it would be appropriate to send an MFT-inspired card to thank this kind person, who really does make the world a better place.  :)

In addition to sharing this at the current MFT Sketch Challenge, I'm going to link it up to the Simon Says Handmade Flowers and Paper Smooches Monthly Challenges.

Graphic 45 time to celebrate paper
Simon Says you matter sentiment; Paper Smooches botanicals 2 stamps and coordinating dies
sentiment and images stamped in Stampin' Up! tip top taupe
SU stictched circle dies; Paper Smooches scallop/wave die
Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way pen; Zots glue dots; Ranger multi medium; foam backing; Xyron

It looks like another sunny day in paradise. So, it's time to sign off and go for a morning walk.  :)

If you have a chance, we'd love for you to stop by Words 2 Craft By and play along with our March/April challenge.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

SAS4Kids: Animal Cards 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the third Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new challenge over at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Our theme for the next few weeks is Animal Cards 4 Kids. And, our sponsors for this challenge are All Dressed Up Stamps and Tonic Studios.

  • All Dressed Up is giving two free digis to one lucky participant and 
  • Tonic Studios is giving 8 Crystal Drops Pearlescent to another lucky participant. 

When I saw when I saw this cute little baseball bear from All Dressed Up, I immediately wanted to transform it into a baseball card. Hubby helped me come up with this all star's name and some of his fun facts.  The design was inspired by an oldie-but-goodie Operation Write Home sketch.  :)

All Dressed Up Stamps baseball bear image
Bazzill red; Recollections white and black; Distress Ink mustard seed core paper
computer-generated text and gradient fill
Stampin' Up star and ???? corner rounder (for tiny stars) punches
Paper Smooches border die; Darice embossing folder
Uni-ball white pen; Distress Ink vintage photo accents
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Xyron sticker maker

computer-generated original fun facts
WRMK red, white, & blue dp; Distress Ink stormy sky core paper

We hope you'll join us over at SAS4Kids.

Can't wait to see your animal card creations for our kids!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

W2CB March April 2017

Hi, everyone! Happy St. Paddy's Day!

There's a great challenge going on over at Words 2 Craft By! Our words for our March/April challenge come to us from an old Irish proverb:

A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

My card was made for a stamp-club buddy who gifted me with several sets of nesting dies, including the frame dies used on the card shown below. (Thanks again, Mary Anne! I use your gifts all the time!)

Graphic 45 celebrate paper
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 images, in Stampin' Up! tip top taupe, and coordinating dies
gifted nesting dies (MFT? SU?)
Kelly Purkey lucky die
computer-generated original sentiment
Really Reasonable Ribbon gold thread; stash SU pearl
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Xyron; Zig 2-way glue pen; foam backing

a quasi New Year's resolution to decorate card interiors...

... and envelopes (using SU envelope liner die)

In addition to being the first time for using these nesting dies, it was also the first time to use new Paper Smooches botanicals 2 dies, the "lucky" word die and a Xyron of my very own. The color for my computer-generated text was based on the rgb values of Tip Top Taupe, which I slightly darkened.

While I didn't make any "official" New Year's crafting resolutions for 2017, I am trying to do a little bit more with envelopes and/or card insides. For this card, I made a point of doing something with both.  :)

I came across the dp at Tuesday Morning. This might be the first Graphic 45 paper I've ever used. I don't typically "do vintage," but I LOVE this paper collection.

Think I'm going to link this up for the following challenges: Simon Says Handmade Flowers, Simon Says Bit O' Green, and Shopping Our Stash Luck O' the Irish.

We're hoping you'll join us over at Words 2 Craft By. Even after St. Patrick's Day, there are still lots and lots of ways to go with this quote. You could feature friends, blessings, all things Irish, ... or a combination of two or more of these.  :)

See you over at W2CB, Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! And, have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

thanks so much

Hi, everyone! Happy Wednesday!

Thankful Thursday Wednesday

Today, I'm thankful for the lovely woman who helped me put together some great mix and match pieces at a local consignment store yesterday.

I received an invitation to my first island luncheon and wanted to wear something a little fancier than jeans or beach gear. I was thrilled to come away with an adorable pair of Chicos pants, a linen blend Chicos jacket, a pretty lace-like white blouse, and a cute black knit top. Lots of mix-and-match possibilities.

And, today's luncheon was just lovely.  :)

Today's Card: thanks so much

I'm hoping to make quite a few thank you cards throughout the year... with the goal of sending them out to some special volunteers in November. Today's card, which was inspired by the current Mojo Monday sketch, is one of a set of six that I've been working on this week.  :)

Pebbles woodland forest dp; Stampin' Up! early espresso cardstock
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 image and graceful beauties sentiment, in SU tip top taupe
SU stitched die; stash twine; circles: SU cupcake punch
 Even though this isn't a St. Paddy's card, it does feature a green background. So, I'm going to share it at the Shopping Our Stash Luck O' the Irish and Simon Says Bit O' Green Challenges.

And, since this features Paper Smooches products, I'm also going to share it at its Color of the Month and Guest Designer Search Challenges.

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder that our March/April Words 2 Craft By Challenge is going on. Annie's hosting this month... and is offering up a nice prze for our challenge winner. Hope to see you over at W2CB!

Have a nice evening! As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Let's Taco About...

... How Awesome You Are!

Momenta Spirit dp; Stampin' Up and stash cardstock
SU Tasty Trucks image and sentiment, stamped in Distress Ink black soot
image colored with Prismacolor pencils

The card above is one of a set of five that were inspired by the current My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and a suggestion by Sandy Allnock to make thank you cards for reporters/journalists.
What a great idea!

Sandy is collecting cards for reporters/journalists through next Saturday... I think. Cards should have handwritten words of encouragement, like "Thanks for doing a thankless job."

I'm thinking of sending my cards out myself to a few journalists whose reporting matter to me. Nonetheless, I'm very grateful to Sandy for such a wonderful idea. It can't be easy being a member of the press these days.

I love the CAS-ness of MFT sketches. The only adjustment I made was adjusting the placement of the thinner banner. The truck was a little larger than I anticipated. LOL

And, here's a pic of all five cards.  :)

Parting Thoughts

My thanks to the folks at Sketch Saturday for choosing my little super hero card as the winner of the Sasayuki Glitter digi prize. This is a new company to me. So, I'm very excited to go shopping!

A new challenge started up at Words 2 Craft By on Wednesday! Think green, shamrocks, lucky, friends, Irish blessing... and play along with us at W2CB.  :)

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


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday

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

No card to share. I'm working on a multiple set that is about 75% done. So, maybe tomorrow?!

That said, I couldn't pass up a Thankful Thursday post... and a chance to share my love of great thrift store finds. You know... finds like a $4 Talbot's sweaters, a $6 Chico's pair of Traveler's pants, and a $2 embossing folder and die holder baskets.

What's that last item, you ask? What kind of basket?

I actually found a sort of stationery set: a small basket with an address book, a small journal, and a notepad. I'd been looking for something to put next to my Big Shot to keep me from misplacing in-use travel-stash dies.  And, this little basket at the right is perfect... seriously perfect.

So, here's to great thrift store finds!

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

happy holly days

Hi, everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Today should be a fun one around here. I'm headed thrift store shopping with a friend who lives in our villa complex this morning, and then the two of us are taking in a movie tonight. :)

Today's card was inspired by the current Jingle Belles The Holly and The Ivy Challenge. Now that I'm crafting from the road on a more regular basis -- as well as playing along with Christmas challenges the year round, I try to throw in a pack of holiday dp and one or two festive stamp sets. Fortunately, I'm able to play along with JB because my paper pad had a sliver of holly paper left.  :)

Kaiser Merry & Bright dp; Stampin' Up! mossy meadow and crumb cake card stock
Winnie & Walter happy cutaway; W&W big bold Christmas stamp set
sentiment and touches of gold, heat embossed with Versamark and Recollections gold powder
SU stitched oval die; Paper Smooches holly dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder; Really Reasonable Ribbon gold thread
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots gold dot; foam backing
I did a bit of partial die cutting so that the tail of the y in "happy" was trimmed off so this sentiment would fit inside the oval. And, I brushed the holly leaves -- and dabbed the holly dp -- with a Versamark pen to heat emboss some gold accents.

I'm going to link this up for the Cards in Envy Keep It Simple Challenge -- crossing my fingers that it's simple enough for the challenge. :)

Parting Thoughts

A new challenge starts tomorrow at Words 2 Craft By. Hope you'll have a chance to play along.

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