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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that my friend Christina is hard at work collecting holiday cards for little heart patients at Nationwide Children's. These patients hold a special place in Christina's heart because her husband is a pediatric surgeon at the hospital.



Cards I sent for last year's campaign!!!
If you would like to send a card... or two... or lots to Christina, please click here for information about her Cards for Little Hearts campaign, which runs through November 1.

Thanks for stopping, and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

W2CB #70: Always Be...

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

Did you know there's a National Batman Day? Well, there is... for real! Batman Day celebrates the character's first ever Detective Comics appearance. National Batman Day 2019 falls on September 21.



To honor Batman... and those superheroes in our lives, this month's quote is:

Always be yourself unless you can be Batman. 
Then always be Batman.


As for my card/project, I never pass up an opportunity to ink up Lawn Fawn's adorable Booyah ghosts. A set of these cards will be heading to Nationwide Children's.  :)

Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! black
Lawn Fawn booyah stamps
images in MFT hybrid black licorice, colored with SU watercolor pencils
sentiment embossed with Versamark ink and SU white powder
background colors: various Distress Inks


I wasn't sure the ghost's sparkle would show up in the pic above, so I took a second pic to capture that. After coloring the image, I applied some clear Wink of Stella.

Hope you'll stop by W2CB to check out our DT's Batman-quote-inspired cards... and then stop back by to link up a card of your own for a chance to win $10 to the e-tailer of your choice.

See you in the W2CB Gallery!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

SAS4Kids: Celebration or AG 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! Our DT focus this month is on celebration cards.

I typically make more generic celebration cards so they can be used for a variety of occasions. However, since I was in need of some birthday cards, I decided to design a card that might appeal to a tween/teen. When I was the shipper for Nationwide Children's, I was always extra happy to receive cards for our older patients.

Two things I love about the card below: 1) how nicely the Oxides blended when using make up brushes, and 2) getting to play with my favorite die font of all time.  So, with no further ado....

Stampin' Up! black cardstock; Strathmore watercolor paper
Winnie & Walter big bold happy stamp and die
Simon Says Stamp cute snowflakes stamps
sentiment and snowflakes in Versamark black onyx
ink effects created with various Distress Oxides, make up brushes, toothbrush

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to check out our DT's celebration cards, and then stop back by to link up a kiddie card of your own. While our focus is celebration card, any kiddie card can be linked up to play along with our challenge.

See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

W2CB #69: Ahoy, Matey!

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

Did you know that September 19 is National Talk Like a Pirate Day? Well, blimey, it sure is!

So, we're all about pirate-speech this month. We've titled the challenge, "Ahoy Matey"... but we're good with any pirate-themed card/project. Sounds like a perfect excuse to ink up those cute little pirate stamps that were all the rage a couple of seasons ago.  :)

My Favorite Things Party Like a Pirate stamps and dies; MFT dp

Hope you'll stop by W2CB to check out our team's wonderful creations.... and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your very own. Our winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the e-tailer of her/his choice.

See you in the Words 2 Craft By Gallery!


Saturday, September 7, 2019

SAS4Kids: Fall/Halloween/AG 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!

Although any card for a kiddie can be linked up to our challenge, our DT focus this month is on fall and Halloween cards. I typically make generic fall cards to allow for more flexibility for senders and recipients. But, when I came across this oldie-but-goodie CTMH stamp in my stash, I just couldn't resist inking it up.   :)




CTMH stamp, embossed with Versamark ink and SU white embossing powder


Hope you'll check out this month's SAS4Kids challenge post to check out our DT's fun cards,... and then stop back by to link up a kiddie card of your very own. 

See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

W2CB #68: Picnic


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

This month, we are inspired by the waning days of summer... even though teachers and kids here in Ohio are headed back to school. Our words for this challenge come to us from Five Go Off in a Caravan by Enid Blyton.

I don't know why, but the meals we have on picnics
always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors.

So, what's a picnic without a red-checkered tablecloth and a couple of hungry ants?!

Stampin' Up! cardstock
Hero Arts stamps and dies;: Lawn Fawn words and Paper Smooches heart
ants in Versamark black onyx, text and heart heat embossed in SU white powder
??? background stamp in Distress Oxide fired brick
SU speech bubble die; MFT grassy dies; tiny hearts: SU owl builder punch
hand-drawn stitching in black marker

Of course, our W2CB challenge winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the online merchant of her/his choice. So, stop by to see a couple more inspiration projects and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your own.

See you in the W2CB Gallery!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

SAS4Kids: Thank You or AG Cards 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new SAS4Kids Challenge!

When I was the shipper for Nationwide Children's, my hospital contact said thank you cards were always among the first to go. So, I'm always extra happy when our challenge focus is thank you cards for the kids and their families to give to their favorite nurses, doctors, hospital staffers.

For my card, I inked up that adorable Plane and Simple stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The design was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest... but my apologies for not remembering the designer's name or website.

Stampin' Up! cardstock; Strathmore watercolor paper
Lawn Fawn plane and simple images and sentiment
images inked in Versamark black onyx, sentiment embossed with SU white powder
plane colored with SU watercolor paper
SU/Sizzix cloud embossing folder

Of course, any kiddie card can be linked up to play along with our challenge. Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to see our DT's fun cards, and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own.

See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery. And, until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!