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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thankful Thursday -- and a Quick Project

Hi, everyone! Hope the week has gone well.

Today, I have a quick project to share... as well as a few Thankful Thursday thoughts.

A Quick Housewarming Gift

So, we had a family move in to a house on our cul-de-sac on Tuesday. This is MEGA news in our neighborhood -- seriously MEGA!

Why, you ask? Well, there are four houses, and the families in three of those houses have lived in their respective houses for 30+ years each. Seriously! And, yep, we're one of those families, living in our place for almost 31 years.

An event of this magnitude calls for seriously good treats. So, I went to Gigi's and did a quick wrapping project, which included making a gift tag for the box.

  • Tying some SU crumb cake tulle ribbon around the box.
  • Made a quick tag: cut an oval form SU crumb cake, punched a hole in the top with an EK punch, pulled a piece of SU linen thread through the hole; inked the tag's edges with some Distress Ink picked raspberry, stamped a sentiment from the Winnie & Walter big bold Christmas set on two strips in DI black soot, attached a vellum house (from some a big vellum home-sayings sheet, gifted from a friend) and a few stash sequins with Ranger multi medium matte.

I'm going to link this up for the Simon Says Gift It Challenge.

Thankful Thursday

Fall begins today! Sooo many wonderful things come with the fall season, including the start of a new television season. A new TV season brings the anticipated return of favorite shows and the promise of new ones -- two things for which I am thankful. But, why are there so many good things on at the same time on Thursday and Sunday evenings.  LOL  Thank goodness for DVRs!  

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder that our Every Child Deserves a Champion Challenge is going on at Words 2 Craft By. In addition to a Guest Designer opportunity for the winning entry, there are MFT gift certificates up for grabs to a randomly chosen participant and a randomly chosen follower. We'd love for you to stop by and play along.

Have a nice Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It's a Fall Harvest for Kids

Hi, everyone!

Hope the week's started off well. It's been a big day around here. Our new neighbors moved in today -- a mom with four kids and two dogs... and a nursing career. We met the family today and are so excited they have moved in to the neighborhood.  :)

Today's Card: A Fall Harvest

I'm here to share a card inspired by the current SAS4Kids Fall Cards 4 Kids and Mojo Monday Challenges.

I recently saw a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set for sale and immediately thought the largest stamp would make a great paper-pieced element for an SAS4Kids card. I ended up loving the paper-pieced panel so much, that I went totally neutral tone-on-tone for the sketch's left rectangle and banners. When I played with colorful elements here, I felt like they took attention away from the mosaic-like focal point.

Crate Paper farmhouse dp; various Distress Ink core papers; Stampin' Up! very vanilla and basic gray
SU thoroughly thoughtful stamp, heat embosssed with Versamark and Recollections gold powder
gray background papers and farmhouse rulers inked in DI hickory smoke applied with Ranger blending tool
Simon Says Stamp fall sequins; SU/Sizzix embossing folder, pattern distressed with SU sanding tool
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; Recollections foam squares

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, September 19, 2016

CIE Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday... and, more specifically, Happy Cards in Envy Monday!

For the next few weeks, we are celebrating the change of seasons at CIE. That's right, we're looking for fall/autumn cards.

This seemed like a perfect opportunity to make a fall-themed birthday card for a friend who celebrates her birthday in late autumn.

Stampin' Up! mossy meadow; Creative Memories stash bountiful; Bazzill stash cardstock
Winnie & Walter sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark ink and SU copper powder
Creative Memories oval cutting system; Paper Smooches leaves dies
SU linen thread; stash sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; Zots glue dots

Hope you'll visit CIE to check out the DT's amazing cards and come back to link up a card of your own. Cards need to be flat enough to fit into a standard envelope.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thank Heaven for Die Cuts!

Hi, everybody! Happy Weekend!

So, the challenge over at Shopping Our Stash is Cut and Paste or, in other words, to go stampless. The Jingle Belles O'Little Town of Bethlehem Challenge is asking for Christmas cards featuring a home. So, I paired up some snowflake and stitched dies with some igloo, penguin, and husky dog stickers that came in a Simon Says Stamp goodie bag to create a card that I think works for both challenges.

Doodlebug Design polar pals dp; Simon Says Stamp, Stampin' Up! cardstock
Doodlebug Design polar pals coordinating stickers
SU/Sizzix embossing folder
Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes and Paper Smooches stitched dies; SU banner punch
circular snowflake centers punched from Recollections silver glitter paper with SU punches
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way pen; Recollections foam squares

Lots of credit for this card goes to Shari Carroll. Much of the design is a CASE of one of Shari's cards, replacing stamped images with dies and or embossing. The penguin is the only purple element on the card and, to draw attention to the igloo,  I purposely placed him in front of his igloo. That's also the reason that snowflakes with glittery centers were placed on and around the igloo.

There's a good chance this little card is going to SAS4Kids.

Send a Smile 4 Kids

Speaking of SAS4Kids, I've been getting quite a few cards for Nationwide Children's. It's always interesting how card making seems to pick up as soon as summer comes to a close. :)

Yesterday, I received a wonderful box of 72 cards from Sharon Huffman of KS. Sharon used to make cards for Operation Write Home and just recently came across SAS4Kids.... and I'm so thrilled she chose to send cards to Nationwide Children's. Thanks so much, Sharon!

Parting Thoughts

A Fall Colors 4 Kids Challenge started up today at Send a Smile 4 Kids, and a new challenge started at Words 2 Craft By on Wednesday. There's still a little less than a day to play along with the For the Kids Challenge at Cards in Envy before a new challenge posts on Monday.

Looks like it's going to be a while before the football game kicks off. Hope I can stay awake. LOL

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone! Welcome to this week's edition of Thankful Thursday.

This week, I'm thankful for friends... old and new.

  • Yesterday, my dear friend Linda was in town for an educational in-service. I couldn't type "yes" fast enough when she invited me to join her for lunch before she headed back home. We had a nice visit, and I was so happy to hear that her school year is off to such a good start. Linda and I have been friends for 35 years and, now that she lives several hours away, we treasure any and all opportunities to catch up in person.
  • Today, the Brown Bag Book Club met at the local library. These are all ladies that I met when retirement afforded me the luxury of attending the monthly lunchtime book club. It's always fun to get together and talk books with these fellow book lovers.
  • Tomorrow, I'm meeting with new friend Christine, whom I met at a craft show about a year ago. Christine recently hosted a card making event for our local Ronald McDonald House and, following a tour of RMH, Christine and I decided we wanted to do more for the families staying at the house. So, we're meeting to plan possible RMH activities.  :)


As always, I'm thankful for and overwhelmed by the generosity and creativity of our SAS4Kids card makers. This week, I've received cards -- including the ones pictured below -- from Sherry, Nicole, and Corine. Thanks so much, ladies, for your support of Nationwide Children's!

from Sherry!

from Nicole!

from Corine!

I recently sent a transition-to-fall box of cards to Nationwide Children's, and am in the process of preparing a Halloween box.

Parting Thoughts

I hope to be back with a card tomorrow. I have an idea in mind for a Halloween card that would meet a couple of challenges. But, we'll see how the afternoon goes.  :)

Speaking of challenges, did you see a new challenge started yesterday at Words 2 Craft By? There are SSS gift certificates and a Guest I-Teamer opportunity up for grabs.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Here's Looking at You, Kid!

Hi, everyone! Happy Wednesday!

Gonna make this one short and sweet because I'm heading out to meet a friend for lunch.  :)

The card below was inspired by the Simon Says At the Movie and the CASual Fridays Dimension & Bling Challenges.

  • There aren't too many farewell speeches better than Bogey's to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. So, I thought a different take on this might make for a cute little Send a Smile 4 Kids card.
  • I tried to create some dimension with masking and coloring. While the masking turned out well, I'm not sure I was successful with the coloring part. As for the bling, I used inked-up glittery paper for the picture frame and added a few corner sequins for good measure. 

Neenah Soler white; Stampin' Up whisper white; Distress Ink Victorian velvet core paper
Recollections silver glitter paper, inked in StazOn jet black
Paper Smooches healthy vibes images, colored with Prismacolor pencils
background inked in DI peacock feathers and tumbled glass, applied with Ranger blending tool
computer-generated, movie-inspired sentiment
SU framelits die; Paper Smooches stitched die
SU twine; stash sequins; Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents embellishments on eyes
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; Recollections foam squares

Since I used a Paper Smooches image and stitched die, I'm going to link this up to the Anything Goes Challenge and Guest Designer Search over at PS.

Parting Thoughts 

Did you see the new challenge today at Words 2 Craft By. Just like last month, there are prizes up for grabs.  :)

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

W2CB #33: Every Child Deserves a Champion

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month... which means it's a Words 2 Craft By Wednesday!

Our September/October words come to us from Rita Pierson.

Every child deserves a champion -- an adult who will never give up on them, 
who understands the power of connection, 
and insists they become the very best they can possibly be.  

My card is for a good friend who if the director of a school for high school students who need a second chance. She is a wonderful advocate for these young people... and does amazing things for them.

Echo Park times & seasons 2; Distress Ink core; Bazzill Basics (preppie)
computer-generated sentiment on Stampin' Up! vellum
Creative Memories oval cutting system; various SU punches and little leaves Sizzlit
SU/Sizzix leaf embossing folder; Simon Says Stamp sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Recollections foam; Ranger multi medium matte

We hope you'll join us over at Words 2 Craft By. There are some Simon Says gift certificates and a Guest I-Teamer spot up for grabs!