Welcome to Chapter Three

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 ...

Friday, July 13, 2018

Our Top Story

Hi, everyone! Happy Weekend!

Tonight's card is an atypical anniversary card for that stoic hubby of my mind. It was inspired by the current CAS-ual Friday Challenge. I haven't had a chance to play along with the CFC gals for a while. So, I was happy to break out a few embossing powders and play along.


Stampin' Up! gray and black cardstocks, Neenah white; Momenta dp
MFT stay tuned stamp set and television dies
broken china, fossilized amber, and fired brick red Distress Inks
Lawn Fawn mini snowflake die
embossing with Versamark ink and SU white, Simon Says clear powders
page protector acetate; Paper Studio tiny brads
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen' Zots mini dots; SU mini dimensionals

To make the colorful TV screen really pop, I used only white, black and gray for everything else. And, there are areas of heat embossing here: 1) a white-on-white embossed background, 2) a contrasting white-on-black running sentiment, and 3) a resist embossing for the inked up TV screen.

Okay, so I may be totally crazy linking this up at CAS-ual Fridays... because I'm seeing lots of pretty flowers and colorfully inked backgrounds in the gallery. But, here goes...

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! Have a great weekend.  :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

W2CB: Flip-Flopping Away

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 at W2CB are in full-fledged beach walking, pool lounging mode. So, our words for this challenge are:

Life is better in flip flops.

These words inspired me to make a card for a flippin' awesome librarian who is going to be flippin' missed when she leaves our local library.

MFT dp: Stampin' Up! cardstock
Two Paper Divas sentiment and image, stamped in MFT hybrid black licorice
SU and Nestabilities circle dies
SU twine; Kaisercraft gems; Wink of Stella accents
SU dimensionals; Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen

Hope you'll stop by W2CB to see our gals' cards, and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your own. Naturally, there's a prize to the winning entry.  :)

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

Saturday, July 7, 2018

SAS4Kids: Anything Goes!

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

It's the first Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge. Our theme for the next few weeks is Anything Goes, and this time around you're going to see quite a variety of cards from our DT.

As a former SAS4Kids shipper, I know tween/teen cards can be hard to come by. So, for this challenge, I made a couple of brightly colored birthday that will be headed to Nationwide Children's.


Strathmore watercolor; Stampin' Up! black cardstock and vellum
Winnie & Walter big bold sentiment
sentiment stamped in Versamark black onyx and heat embossed with Simon Says clear powder
Cuttlebug embossing folder; Lawn Fawn mini snowflake dies
fired brick, fossilized amber, broken china, peacock feathers Distress Oxides

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids and check out our DT's fun cards... and then stop back by to share a card of your own.

And, we sure hope you'll join us for our July 21 Challenge. It's going to be BIG!!!

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

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas: Stockings

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

This month's challenge theme is stocking and is brought to us by Sparkles Christmas DTer Jacky.



Stampin' Up! cardstock and stash green & red striped vellum
Stampabilities stocking border, in MFT hybrid black licorice
SU decorative mask, inked with various Distress Inks
CTMH gray epoxy embellishments
Truth be told, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about my card. It's not exactly what I pictured when I started out stamping.... but I couldn't think of what I could do to improve it. I was plumb out of ideas... and running short on time.

That said, hope you'll stop by Sparkles Christmas to see all those DT cards that I like so much better than mine.

Have a wonderful July 4 celebration. Until next time, thanks for stopping by and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

I'm popping in to share a card inspired by the current Jingle Belles I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Challenge.

Neenah white; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Paper Smooches poinsettia dies
SU good greetings sentiment in MFT hybrid black licorice
TCW stencil in Ranger white paste and sprinkled with Recollections white glitter
Recollections pearls


The close up photo at the right more clearly shows the card's stenciled, glittery detail.

Parting Thoughts

There's still a little over a week to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By. Hope to see you in the W2CB Gallery.

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


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Have a Farm-Tastic Birthday!

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

I'm popping in to share a birthday card inspired by the current My Favorite Things sketch.

Since this card will be going to the Cards for Little Hearts card drive for Nationwide Children's, I decided to make a shaker card. How fun!

Close to My Heart stash dp; Stampin' Up! cardstock
MFT farm-tastic images and (masked) sentiment
images stamped in MFT hybrid black licorice and colored with SU watercolor pencils
sentiment stamped in Versamark and embossed with white SU powder
SU square and word bubble dies; MFT grassy fields die
MFT mini clouds stencil, inked in Distress peacock feathers
SU foam strips; MFT replenishments 

Parting Thoughts


Our current Words 2 Craft By June/July Challenge is open until July 4. So, there's still time to link up a card/project for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice. Hope to see you in the W2CB Gallery.

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #6: Trees

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

I'm popping in to share a pair of cards inspired by the newest Twofer Challenge.



Both cards were created using the Hero Arts Birds and Blossoms layered stamp set.


The card on the left is an anniversary card for my brother and sister-in-law. The wedding colors were yellow and green, featuring yellow flowers. So, I layered stamps to create a tree with pretty yellow blooms and chose coordinating papers to complete the design.
Authentique dp; Stampin' Up! cardstock
Hero Arts Birds and Blossoms images; SU sentiment
tree stamped in various CTMH browns and MFT chocolate fudge
blossoms stamped in Oxide fossilized amber and MFT steel gray inks
sentiment stamped in MFT steel gray
SU stash card-kit embellishments and linen thread

The card on the right highlights one branch from the set, shown in a classic silhouette design with copper-embossed blossoms.
??? gifted stash dp; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Hero Arts Birds and Blossoms images; Paper Smooches vase and sentiment
vase, tree branch, and sentiment inked in Versamark black onyx
blossoms heat embossed with Versamark and SU copper powder

Parting Thoughts

The June-July Words 2 Craft By Challenge started on Wednesday. Hope you'll stop by and play along for a chance to win a GDT gig and $10 to the online e-tailer of your choice.

Enjoy the weekend. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!