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Friday, June 23, 2017


Hello! I'm here today with a tweet little card inspired by a couple of color challenges.

Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up gray; DCWV light pink matstack
Hero Arts Birds and Blooms stamp set in CMTH in smoothie, juniper, lagoon, slate, and whisper inks
bird's eye in SU night of navy; background lightly tinged in CMTH juniper
SU whisper white twine; Recollections pearls
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing
I'm going to be sharing this over at:

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder about our love-inspired challenge at Words 2 Craft By. Hope to see you in the W2CB Gallery.   :)

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a good week. Thoughts and prayers to all in the path of stormy weather.

Today was another day manning -- womanning? -- the local library's summer reading prize table. Tomorrow, I will be helping out at the summer lunch program's library day. Once a week, our library gives out books to the kids who come for lunch. And, of course, both days will find me checking on our neighborhood's Little Free Library.

So, tonight I'm thankful for all the ways that we promote reading in our community.  :)

Have a great Friday... and a wonderful weekend. I'm hoping to have a card to share tomorrow. It's in progress... stamping is complete. Now comes all the stuff I have no idea about. You know.... the sequins, the ribbons, the whatevers. Who would've thought the stamping would be the easy part. (Thank you, MISTI!!! I never could've done that without you.)

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Hi, everyone! Happy Wednesday!

Today's card is a beach-y, vacation-inspired card that will probably go to hubby for his upcoming birthday.    :)

Neenah Soler white and Stampin' Up! gray
computer-generated sentiment; SU banner punch
SU hardwood background stamp, in Distress Ink hickory smoke
stenciling with SU decorative mask in DI abandoned coral
inking with various DI blue shades; SU baker's twine; Tim Holtz stash star; stash key tag
Lawn Fawn life is good shell in CMTH slate, inked in abandon coral with Ranger water brush
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots

  • I started by creating a Stampin'-Up-inspired sentiment in WORD.
  • Then, I cut out a banner in Neenah white banner and inked its edges in Distress Ink salty ocean, peacock feathers, faded jeans, and broken china to achieve a color that matched my sentiment. 
  • The striped panel and banner were inked in Distress Ink abandoned coral using an SU decorative mask, inking up the paper on which the sentiment was printed.
  • The gray panel between the striped panel and the card base was stamped using the SU hardwood background stamp in Distress Ink hickory smoke to add a tone-on-tone pattern.
  • The banners were positioned on the gray panel so that the stripes aligned with the striped panel.
  • Finally, a decorated key tag, a Tim Holtz stash embellishment, and some SU Baker's Twine were positioned near the sentiment to add additional interest and texture.

I'm linking this card to the following challenges:

Parting Thoughts

There's a love-inspired challenge -- think weddings, anniversaries, new babies -- going on at Words 2 Craft By. We'd love for you to join us.

See you tomorrow for Thankful Thursday. Until then, thanks for stopping  and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy Everything

Hi, everyone! Hope the weekend's going well.

Today's card is one in a set of three birthday cards for three friends celebrating July birthdays. I was inspired by a recent Kristina video to try an emboss resist layering technique with those yummy Oxides. Boy, oh boy, do I love Tim's new inks!!!

Strathmore watercolor; Stampin' Up! black and Recollections value-pack black cardstocks
Distress Oxides (broken china, fossilized amber, worn lipstick)
SU decorative mask, heat embossed with Versamark ink and Ranger clear powder
Winnie & Walter big, bold sentiment stamps and cutaway
sentiment heat embossed with Versamark and SU white powder
Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium; Zig 2-way glue pen; Xyron

In Kristina's video, she used a stamp with nice, wide stripe. Since I didn't have one of these in my stash, I used a stencil with a narrower set of stripes. I decided to go with a diagonal angle that seemed perfect for a happy card.

The second difference in our cards is that Kristina's colors were more pastel in nature, while my colors ended up being brighter. While I was initially disappointed in this difference, my brighter/bolder colors work well for a birthday card.

Since these colorful backgrounds turned out so well, I decided to go with just a bold two-part sentiment in black... and a few small embellishments. At least two of the cards are going snail mail -- and the panels were popped using foam backing, so I stuck with cardstock elements... skipping sequins this time around. Finally, "happy" is three-ply, with the bottom two layers cut from Recollection value paper... but a Stampin' Up top layer.

Since my card has heat-embossed stripes, I'm going to link it up at the Simon Says Touchy Feely and Emboss It Challenges.

Thanks so much for the inspiration, Kristina! Love, love, love this technique.  :)

Think that's it for this weekend. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Mojo-Less Mondays

Hi, everyone.

By now you've probably heard the news. Mojo Monday #500 is the last Mojo Monday. I have to say that I'm thrilled for Julee. While Mondays won't be the same for us Mojo fans, Julee's not going to regret her decision for a single second.

So, with sincerest thanks to Julee for tons of sketch inspiration, here's my Mojo 500 card.

Distress Ink various core papers; Recollections silver glitter paper
computer-generated original sentiment panel
SU/Sizzix embossing folder; SU owl builder punch (for tiny circles)
Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen

Since this is a birthday card for a nephew, I kept the palette simple -- two blues (one for the background, one for the stripes), two reds ( one for the top half, one for the bottom), and two yellows (one for the short strip, one for the long).

I made a license-plate-themed card for Nephew #1's 16th birthday. It seemed only fair to make a similarly themed card for #2's 16th birthday this coming August. But, something tells me it's the $$$ inside that will be the main focus of his attention.  :)

Thanks again to Julee for all the inspiration through the years. And, thanks to all of you for stopping by. Until next time, happy scrappin'!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

SAS4Kids: For the Boys

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 For the Boys. When packing up boxes to ship to Nationwide Children's, I'm always looking for as many boy/guy cards that I can get. So, even though I struggle with guy cards, I'm always happy to take on this challenge.  :)

We have two great sponsors for our challenge. Dollar Graphics Depot is donating a $15 gift certificate and Tonic Studios is donating 8 Jewel Drops.

The adorable little guy on my card is one of several Daddy's Little Helper digis from Dollar Graphic Depot. He was just too cute to pass up, right?!

Dollar Graphics Depot pre-colored image and text
stash dp and metallic paper
Stampin' Up! oval stitched die; bottom left corner circle: Paper Smooches ocean scene dies
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots glue dots; foam backing; Miracle Tape

I just LOVE these pre-colored images. The next time I use these digis, I'm going to make the image smaller so it fits inside a smaller oval and framed with the largest oval in this stitched die set. Since taking this pic, I added a hand-drawn border around each of the text boxes.

Here's hoping you'll join us for this challenge. We are always need of a few extra guy cards for our shipments.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

So Tired... and Very Thankful

Yep, I am so tired that I considered skipping today's Thankful Thursday post. But, then I realized I should share the reason for my tiredness.

You see it wasn't that long ago that I would've been exhausted from: getting up at 4:30, being on the road/highway by 5:15, turning on my work computer by 6, not leaving the office until 6:30 or 7... and then putting in a couple of more hours at home on what seemed like a never-ending project.

Tonight, I'm tired from: going for a walk, doing a little cleaning, talking to my dad, going out to lunch with hubby, working the reading program prize table at our local library, attending the library's brown bag book club meeting, spending a little time crafting in the menopause room, grabbing a quick dinner bite with hubby, returning to the library to help out with an evening activity, catching up on the day's news, and then visiting W2CB DT blogs.

Boy, what a difference retirement makes.  :)

That's it for tonight. Have a nice evening!