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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, July 16, 2017

One Post, Two Celebrations

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

Well, the birthday celebrations have settled down enough to allow for some crafting time. I have two cards to share.

Card 1: NOEL

The photo at the right is the inspiration for the current Jingle Belles Challenge and for my first card.

As you'll see I was inspired by the beautiful white and blue palette, the tiny trees on the mantel, and that luscious  green blanket/throw.

Neenah Soler white; Stampin' Up! gray
Sizzix/Hero Arts texturized impressions embossing folder and stamp combo
stamp inked in Distress Ink broken china and CTMH crystal blue
Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbon
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots glue dots; foam backing
I'm also going to share this at the Shopping Our Stash CAS for Simplicity Day Challenge. This was the first I'd heard of Simplicity Day. Thanks so much, SOS gals, for this fun challenge.

Card 2: Yappy Birthday

My second card was inspired by the MFT Sketch shown at the right. The card is going to be birthday card for hubby, and its inside sentiment is going to read, "Yappy Birthday from our Pup and Me."

Turns out July and August are full of celebrations in our family. Birthdays include hubby's, dad's, mine, and our pup's. In addition, our wedding anniversary is in August. We were actually married on my dad's 50th birthday. Now that was one big party!!!

Stampin' Up! gray and black; Lawn Fawn stash dp: Distress Ink broken china core paper; Neenah Soler white
MFT you make my tail wag images, inked in Versamark black onyx and colored with Prismacolor pencils
SU stitched square dies; SU black baker's twine
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots

Parting Thoughts

On Wednesday, we started a new challenge over at Words 2 Craft By. While our words have a patriotic spin, there are lots of ways to go with the challenge. Hope to see you at W2CB.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

SAS4Kids: Christmas in July 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.

Our theme for this challenge is Christmas in July 4 Kids! Time to break out all those fun kiddie holiday images.  :)

Thanks to the generosity of Little Blue Buttons Stamps and Die-Versions, we are awarding gift certificates to two lucky participants.

Little Blue Button: Christmas Elements digi stamp
digi images colored with Prismacolor pencils and embellished with white Uniball pen and Wink of Stella
Doodle Pantry polar pals dp; Stampin' Up! gray, Simon Says Stamp aqua and stash mauve cardstock
original computer-generated sentiment
Lawn Fawn winter sparrows (tree branch) in Versamark black onyx
Lawn Fawn mini snowflake dies; Paper Smooches quotables die
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen

For my card, I used an adorable Christmas owl from Little Blue Button. Since this was a digi image, it was easy peasy to flip this little guy... and create a pair of owlets.  :)

Naturally, parents and staff members would love for all our kids to get a holiday card or two or three. And, our little patients appreciate the chance to send a card or two to their loved ones. The more cards we can get, the better.

I try to send secular cards to Nationwide Children's. However, if you prefer to make religious card, Janet ships to a hospital that specifically requests religious cards.

Either way, we appreciate all of the wonderful holiday cards we get for our kids. And, we can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge.  :)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone!

Well, it's been quite a busy week around here. Turns out today is one of those milestone birthdays. And, it's been a week filled with lunches, dinners, birthday cards, e-mails, phone calls, goodies -- including homemade chocolate peanut butter bars, and phone calls.

How lovely...

Heartfelt thanks to all who have made this such a special birthday.  :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

W2CB #43: Liberty

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

Appropriately, the words for our new July/August challenge come to us from George Washington.

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

Since the Fourth isn't much of a card-sending holiday in our family, I chose to concentrate on the "plant of rapid growth" part of the quote and make a card that would be perfect for a tween/teen at Nationwide Children's.... using patriotic colors, of course.  :)

Distress Ink core paper; stash blue cardstock; Neenah Soler white; SU gray cardstock
Penny Black images, stamped in Versamark onyx black and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 dies; SU twine
flower centers: SU owl builder and cookie builder punches
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Zots glue dots; foam backing

I decided to color the flower pots and flowers in blues and pinks/reds to tie them to the patriotic theme... and help them pop. The hedgehog, snail, and grass were done in gray scale, using cool and warm grays. I went with silver for the watering can, to stay with the gray scale idea but give it a slightly different look.

Sure hope you'll join us at W2CB. There's a $10 gift certificate up for grabs for the winning crafter.  :)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone! Recovered yet from the holiday weekend? Think things are back to "normal" around here. LOL

But, the holiday festivities are what I'm most thankful for today. Highlights included a barbecue lunch with our dads and going to fireworks with my dad. It was really nice to have a little father-daughter time.   :)

Count Your Rainbows

Today's card will be headed to Nationwide Children's... and was inspired by the current CAS-ual Fridays Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge.

It was also inspired by a recent Jennifer McGuire block stamping technique video. For this card, I chose the one layer, add a tag, rainbow option.

Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Paper Smooches mirror block stamp; Kids Quote sentiment; Simon Says snowflakes; Lots of Fun sun
sun heat embossed with Versamark and SU white powder; SU baker's twine
sentiment in Versamark black onyx
Distress Inks: salty blue, mustard seed, fired brick
Distress Oxides: broken china, fossilized amber, fired brick
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium matte

  • In her video, Jennifer used a block to smoosh her inks. However, I tried the technique using a Paper Smooches mirror block stamp and am pleased with the results. I then drew black lines around the smooshed rectangle to add a little definition to the space.
  • I created a tag by piercing a hole in dic-cut speech two-layer bubble shape. 
  • To stay true to the one layer part of the challenge, I used tiny stamps -- not sequins or enamel spots -- to create the tiny blue, orange, and red circles around the tag.
  • The tag's sentiment is masked from one of the Kid Quote stamps.

Hope this isn't too literal of a rainbow interpretation for the CAS-ual Fridays gals. Think I'll also share this over at the Simon Says Summer Sunshine Challenge at Simon Says Stamp. Summer rains that bring colorful rainbows.... that should work, right?!

That's it for tonight. So, have a nice evening, thanks for stopping, and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Welcome, Baby Ava

Happy 4th, everyone! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful holiday celebration with family and friends.

In addition to holiday goings-on, I've found a little crafting time these past couple of days. That's a good thing since I had a baby card to make -- a card for the brand new granddaughter of my dear friend Linda.

stash blue and green cardstock; various Distress Ink core papers; Neenah Soler white
computer-generated original sentiment
MFT Up in the Air image, stamped in Versamark black onyx and colored with Prismacolor pencils
shaker fill: Pretty Pink Posh sequins, cardstock circular shapes cut using Paper Smooches botanicals 2 dies
shaker opening: SU and Spellbinders circle dies; acetate: bargain buy scrapbook page protector
Stampin' Up baker's twine; Recollections pearls
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen; Zots glue dots

This card was inspired by the current CAS-ual Fridays Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. (I just love their tic-tac-toe challenges!) For my card, I chose the shaker card, rainbow, add texture combination.

Once I decided on the challenge combo for this baby card, I decided to go with a hot air balloon with a rainbow-heart banner.... because I just can't get enough of this little elephant on its hot air balloon ride... and a formerly-owned-but-new-to-me cloud embossing folder.

  • My first step was to stamp the hot air balloon image, using masking to place the baby elephant and heart banners in just the right place. I then colored the image using Prismacolor pencils. (And, I have to say that I'm really proud of the way this coloring turned out. I still consider myself new to coloring and have yet to venture into the Copic world. LOL ) Next, I fussy cut out the image -- because, after all, we retired gals have to watch our wallets.  :)
  • Using the cloud embossing folder meant that I needed to find just the right shade of blue paper for the sky. After I choose the paper, I printed out the sentiment (on this same paper), cut out the circles from 2 layers of foam backing, adhered the sentiment paper and foam layers -- taking care to carefully position the sentiment inside the circular opening.  
  • Since it was getting kinda late, I decided this would be a nice breaking point... but took a minute to lay out what had been accomplished so far. To my dismay, I realized I was making a baby blue boy card for little Ava. Oh, my! Definitely time to step away and regroup... hoping for dreams filled with how-to-fix ideas. 
  • Luckily, inspiration came just in time to save the day. I decided to add a little girl layer of paper behind the baby boy blue paper. After trying several colors, I went with Distress Ink dried apricot: a PERFECT solution!!!
  • Next steps included embossing the clouds and creating the shaker fill by mixing sequins and die-cut small circular shapes (cut from various colored cardstock.) I added these bits of color to the mix to tie the mix back to the colors in the balloon's rainbow-colored banner.
  • The last step involved deciding on finishing touches. Truth be told, this took far longer than it should have. Nevertheless, I decided upon just a little twine and a few petite pearls for two reasons: 1) I didn't want to add anything that competed with the little elephant, his colorful balloon, and that fun shaker fill, and 2) because of the shaker element, I needed to add elements that didn't add any additional bulk.
So, here it is. Hoping it's CAS-ual-Friday-worthy... but positive it's a perfectly delightful way to welcome baby Ava. 

Parting Thoughts

If you find yourself with any crafting time between now and tomorrow evening, there's still time to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By.

Have a happy and safe 4th celebration. And, until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

SAS4Kids: Birthday Cards 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the first Saturday of the month... and we all know what that means. It's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge!!!!

Our challenge for the next two weeks is birthday cards for our kids. This month, So Suzy Stamps is sponsoring a $15 gift certificate prize and Stampendous is offering a $20 gift certificate!

For my card, I used this adorable little octopus from So Suzy Stamps. Too cute!!!

various Distress Ink core papers; Recollections black cardstock
scattered straw paper inked with Distress Oxide fired brick using Ranger blending tool
So Suzy Stamps Pluto-Octopus, with Prismacolor pencils and Wink of Stella accents
Lawn Fawn Life is Good seagull image, stamped in Versamark onyx black ink
computer-generated sentiment; SU stitched circle die
Paper Smooches balloon, ocean scene, and wave/scallop dies
Sizzix/SU embossing folder; SU owl builder punch (for tiny heart)
SU whisper white twine; Wink of Stella accents
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Zots glue dot; foam backing

Hope you'll play along with our SAS4Kids birthday challenge. Whether I'm shipping a box of everyday greetings or wishes for a specific holiday, I always tuck in birthday cards for the kids at Nationwide Children's.  :)

See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery!