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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 ...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

SAS4Kids: AG,with a Focus on Teens

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 Anything Goes, with a DT focus on cards for teens. As a former shipper, I can attest to doing an extra special happy dance when shipments included cards for teens and/or boys.  :)

For my card, I decided to play a bit with a Stampin' Up! brusho background that we made at a recent technique class.

watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
SU brusho powders; SU "YOU" die cut
Simon Says Stamp you matter sentiment
SU epic celebration image
sentiment and image in MFT black licorice, heat embossed with clear powder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; foam backing

Hope you'll hope over to SAS4Kids to check out our DT's cards, and then return to link up an AG and/or teen card of your own.

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

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Twofer #2: Hearts

Hi, everyone! I know.... two posts in one night. For whatever reason, the mojo's been flowing this past week... and I'm going with the flow.

I'm back to share two cards inspired by Darnell's second Twofer Card Challenge. The theme this time around is Hearts.

The following are the shared elements on both cards:
  • My Favorite Things pierced heart die and stitched rectangular die,
  • Stampin' Up! greatest greetings sentiment stamped in MFT black licorice,
  • SU whisper white baker's twine, 
  • Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder, 
  • foam backing to pop both front panels, and
  • stash white cardstock.

As for the card differences... In addition to creating two distinct designs -- using hearts as balloons and flower petals, I also:
  • used dp from two different sources: Card 1: MFT trail mix; Card 2: Graphics45 celebration
  • heat embossed the sentiment on Card 1, using Versamark and Simon Says clear powder
  • used stem, leaves, and grass images from SU basket bunch on Card 2.
Know when you have a couple of keepers? When both you and hubby like the cards.  :)

Thanks, Darnell, for a great blog challenge concept... and another great prompt.

Parting Thoughts

A new challenge started yesterday at Words 2 Craft By. Hope you'll join us for some kisses-snowflakes-blizzard-inspired fun.  :)

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

A Color-ing I Did Go

Hi, everyone! I'm here with a colorful card inspired by the current Jingle Belles challenge.

Strathmore watercolor; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
unidentified thrift store stamp
image stamped with Versamark inks and heat embossed with Simon Says clear powder
background and image colored with Oxide inks
adhesives: Scotch ATG, foam backing

I actually came across this stamp in a thrift show for the bargain price of $3. When I saw it, I immediately thought of inking up some Oxides. But, I have to confess, that I never thought I would achieve such a pretty result. Tim's Oxides are truly remarkable for watercolored-me to create this background. And, then the fact that it's possible to layer pink/red/purple atop... WOW! That's what I call better living through chemistry.  :)

  • The top layer was created by smooshing (and spritzing) broken china and fossilized amber onto my craft mat and then moving the watercolor paper through the ink. 
  • After heat drying the paper, I applied (and then spritzed) these colors onto acrylic blacks and dabbed ink onto the background. 
  • I repeated the acrylic block process several times to achieve the look shown, heat drying between applications. 
  • I then let the paper set overnight.
  • The next day, I masked off the poinsettia. I then used a sponge dauber to apply a lot of worn lipstick, followed by some fired brick, and a little wilted violet. Next, I dabbed a little fossilized amber in the center of the flowers. A little Wink of Stella was added to the flower petals.
  • Lastly, I repeated the smooshing, spritzing techniques from the first three bullet points to create the back panel. 
If you haven't played with Oxides, I can't recommend them enough. The results are just gorgeous!

Parting Thoughts

A new Words 2 Craft By challenge started yesterday. Stop by to check out our amazing DT cards/projects, and then come back by to play along.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

W2CB #50: If Kisses Were Snowflakes...

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By challenge. And, as luck would have it, it's also Valentine's Day. Hope Cupid's sent a little chocolate your way.  :)

Turns out our February/March challenge words work well for a last-minute Valentine's Day, but are also good for snow and winter... and, yes, love. For my card, I created a mini-blizzard with a few snowflakes with trailing hearts for a heart-themed Nationwide Children's card drive.

If kisses were snowflakes, I'd send you a blizzard.

Doodlebug Design polar pals dp; Simon Says aqua and lilac, Staples white cardstock; SU vellum
Simon Says cute snowflakes stamp set, stamped in Versamark ink, heat embossed with SU white powder
MFT rectangular, SU and Nestabilities circle, and Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes dies
tiny circles: SU owl and cookie builder punches
Darice silver sparkle tape and Recollections silver glitter paper
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; foam backing
Stop by W2CB to check out our amazing DT's cards, including the wonderful card made by our newest I-Teamer Jennifer. Then stop back by to link up a if-kisses-were-snowflakes card/project of your very own.

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hearts, Hearts, & More Hearts

Hi, everyone! Happy Hump Day! Hope the week is going well.

Today, I have a Valentine that's headed to hubby to share. The current CAS-ual Fridays challenge is Hearts, Hearts, & More Hearts. So, I decided to make a heart-shaped shaker card filled with tiny glittery hearts and shiny sequins. To ensure it didn't get too girly, I stayed with a classic white-black-red -- with just a teeny, tiny bit of pink -- palette for my stoic guy.

Stampin' Up! black, stash white cardstock; Martha Stewart glitter paper; Distress Ink core paper
MFT pierced heart and rectangular stitched STAX dies
Winnie & Walter big, bold sentiment
sentiment stamped in Versamark black onyx and embossing inks, heat embossed with clear SSS powder
shaker fill sequins: Pretty Pink Posh clear, Darice black, SSS Christmas
shaker fill hearts: Paper Smooches heart die cut-outs
adhesives: Scotch ATG; SU foam strips; Zig 2-way glue pen; Zots glue dot

I love this shaker mix. I've started added die-cut minis with sequins and have been really pleased with the results. And, the little arrow is actually two separate arrows that have been cut and applies to the top and bottom of the little white heart.

I'm also sharing this over at the Cards in Envy Love You So Much! Challenge.

Parting Thought

This is the last day to play along with our Words 2 Craft By New Beginnings Challenge. The winning crafter will get $10 to spend at her/his favorite e-tailer.  :)

Until next time. thanks for stoppin' and happy scrapping!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Tidings of Holiday Joy

Hi, everyone! Trying to get in a quick post before kickoff.

Today's card was inspired by the current Jingle Belles Text Me challenge.

Kaiser Merry & Bright dp: Stampin' Up! brown; stash Bazzill green
Close to My Heart poster tidings sentiment stamp
stamp embossed with Versamark and Recollections gold powder
Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon, dyed with Distress Oxide fired brick ink
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing

One quick parting thought: Don't forget about the W2CB challenge that's open through Wednesday.

How's that for short and sweet?!  Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

SAS4Kids: AG, with Focus on Spring/Easter Cards

Hi, everyone! It's the first Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge.

We've changed things up a bit at SAS4Kids this year. Every challenge is an Anything Goes 4 Kids cardmaking opportunity. This time around, our DT is focusing on Easter/Spring cards... since the deadline to get Easter cards to our shippers is right around the corner.

For my card, I went with a sweet lamb and two cute little bees who are all as excited as they can bee {pun intended} for the arrival of spring.

MFT dp; Neenah Solar white, Recollections black, Staples white cardstock; Distress Ink core paper
Paper Smooches courteous cuties images, sentiment, and die cuts
images and sentiment in MFT black licorice, images colored with Prismacolor pencils
bees' wings brushed with Wink of Stella
MFT stitched rectangle STAX die; Stampin' Up! owl builder punch (for tiny hearts)
inking: Distress Ink peeled paint, broken china
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; 

Stop by SAS4Kids to see all our DT's creations. Then stop back by to link up a creation of your own.