Monday, December 30, 2013

Coming to a Computer Near You

Hi everyone!

I have two blog-related updates to share.

Update 1

Several of you have mentioned Bobbi and my new challenge blog in your comments. So, I thought I'd share you a little inside information.

The first post for our new Words 2 Scrap By monthly challenge blog is scheduled to go live at 12:01 Eastern time on Wednesday. We're crossing fingers that all goes according to plan.

Challenges are going to be word-inspired and will run three weeks. And, yes, there will be prizes!

The title of the first post is... [drumroll, please...] My Favorite Things! Hope you all have a chance to check out the blog and will join in on the challenges.

Update 2

December 31 will be the last day I will be blogging at Scrapping with Purpose. On January 1, I will be chronicling card-making and blog adventures at There's Always the Other Side.

Hope to see you there, too.  :)

Parting Thoughts

As always, thanks for visiting. Your support means a lot.

And, lots of happy crafting in 2014!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

A 2 for 1 Day

Hi, everyone.

I so loved today's sketch that I made a general sentiment card in addition to my normal Sunday-sketch Any Hero card. Both cards share the same palette. In addition, I used the same paper for both backgrounds, but used two types of embossing for the top and bottom portions on both cards.

Paper Smooches (Group Hugs) sentiment on watercolor paper, heat embossed in Distress Ink
Distress Ink core paper; Bazzill black; Sizzix embossing folders
Really Reasonable Ribbon; Tombow foam adhesives
Spellbinders Nestabillities; Creative Memories circle cutting system

Deep Red cling stamps (designed by Sandy), heat embossed in SU white powder
Distress Ink core paper, Bazzill black; Paper Smooches ribbon
Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders; Tombow foam adhesives

Thought the first card might be sent from a daddy to his little (tweener) girl back home. Or, maybe it might be sent from one of our female troops to a girlfriend needing a pick-me-up from a good friend.

I took a few liberties with the second card, but stayed with the spirit of the sketch. It is a little atypical for me to make an Any Hero card using nontraditional (non-patriotic) colors, but I like the result.
Parting Thoughts

Looking forward to the Top 13 of 2013 OWH Bloghop on Wednesday.

Also looking forward to a new challenge blog that Bobbi (of Bobbi's Treasure) and I are starting on Wednesday.

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

Friday, December 27, 2013

Greetings in Green and Cream

Hi, everyone.

Last Thursday, a cold kept me from our stamp club card kit meeting. Bernadette was kind enough to send home my kit with a friend. So, I took some time last night to put together the cards -- with one twist.

The cards were supposed to use our newly purchased monogram stamp. Now, I have some definite plans for my stamp -- "S" is a pretty common letter to use for cards. Hmmm... words that come to mind are sorry, spring, snow, and Santa... to name just a few. Using my monogram to make note cards featuring the letter "S" was not my original plan when I ordered the stamp.

So, I used the materials in the kit to make some "Hello" and "Hi" cards for Operation Write Home -- adding a few embellishments of my own. Two of the cards are green and cream, which is probably as close as I'm going to get to this week's Throwdown Challenge of a non-Christmas card that is red and white or green and white.

Stampin' Up papers; TPC Studio sentiment in Distress Ink walnut stain
Cuttlebug ef; stash ribbon from OWH; Tombow foam adhesive; Marvy circle punch

Parting Thoughts

Really looking forward to a new blog starting up on January 1. Be sure to stop back here for details. :)

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hi, everyone.

No card to post.

Just wishes for the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of new years.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Hi, everyone.

It's that time of year when Sandy prepares for OWH's trip to CHA. An all-call went out for kits, so I came up with the kits shown below. Tried for a little variety: gender-neutral thank you, kid-friendly greeting, and girlie-girlie miss you.

Bee: Paper Smooches, Distress Ink core, SU ef, computer-generated sentiments, garage sale brad
Map: SU background stamp on watercolor paper, DI core, SU brads, stash ribbon
Miss You: Martha Stewart punch, TPC Studio sentiment, DI core, Sizzix ef, Paper Studio brads

I'm hoping at least one of these makes it to CHA. But, it's good to know that all cards will be assembled and make their way to troops one way or the other. Think I'm going to link up the little bee for today's Midweek Throwdown to make a love card for a little one. The "Hi, Honey" counts... right?

Tis the season to post and run! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

3 Little Hearts, Lots of Love

Hi, everyone.

A quick post for a love card inspired by this week's OWH Midweek Throwdown to make a non-Valentine love card.

Distress Ink core paper; EK 3-heart punch
Celebrate It! ribbon; Glossy Accents; gems
Tombow adhesives

Kept this one simple... maybe too simple. After I had attached the ribbon and adhered the 3 hearts, I was really thinking the card needed more... and wishing I had done some embossing. So, I added a layer of glossy-accented hearts. Then I decided to add a little more bling.

I kept hearing Paula's bootcamp instructions on this one -- adding a third (10%) color of blue that was not in the original plans, giving great care when it came to the placement of the hearts, and really contemplating whether to add the gems. Thanks, Paula!

Hope it brings a big smile to a loved one's face. Think this one could even go to a tweener or teen.  :)

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Hi, everyone.

Today's card was inspired by two challenge: to make a masculine card for this month's OWH Our Daily Bread Design challenge and to make a Valentine's Day or Love Card for OWH's Midweek Throwdown.

Authentique Pride; Distress Ink core (antique linen, fired brick); Bazzill (admiral)
original computer-generated sentiment in Mistral printed directly on core paper
hearts: hand cut from template, inked in Distress Ink fired brick with SU daubers
EK punch hearts on inside of  card
SU brads; Tombow foam adhesives for small heart

When making an Any Hero card on Sunday from this pad of Authentique paper, I was really drawn to this plaid. While I used other papers for Sunday's card, I kept this in mind for a masculine non-patriotic card. This plaid with its splashes of red seemed a good choice for a masculine Valentine's Day card. 

The red used for the hearts actually is much truer to the red in the plaid than the image shows. I initially inked the edges of the small heart so that it would stand out from the bigger heart. But, the fired brick ink on the fired brick paper had such a nice look, I decided to ink the edges of the bigger heart as well. However, I took care to leave some separation where the two hearts overlap.

A quick internet search for masculine Valentine's Day cards yielded a few possible designs. So, I tweaked one of the layouts for the card above. Although hubby did not give it an overwhelming endorsement, I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. (Maybe he was just card-weary by that point of the evening. At least that's the story I'm sticking with!) And, I think it makes for a nice OWH masculine Valentine's Day card that could also be used later in the year as a love/anniversary card.

Parting Thoughts

Finally making a dent in those challenges. Now I need to make some progress on Valentines for OWH.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! Have a nice week.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pops of Red and Blue

Hi, everyone!

Hope the weather your way is not too bad. Watching the Lions-Eagles game and can't believe the conditions! Glad it's not anything like that in my menopause room. :)

Today's Any Hero card was inspired by OWH Sketch #202.

Authentique Pride; Bazzill admiral; Distress Ink antique linen
burlap/jute; Paper Smooches twine; SU brads
circles: Marvy punch, Paper Shaper punch, hand cutting
star punch: Paper Studio
mini glue dots, Tombow foam adhesives

There is a piece of Authentique paper behind the burlap, adhered with glue dots, to add a little more contrast against the neutral pattern paper. Other than that, gonna make this post short and sweet 'cause I've got some challenges to catch up on and some Valentine's Day cards to assemble. :)

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Have a BEARy Merry Christmas

Hi, everyone.

I was a vendor at a local craft show today, with proceeds benefiting Operation Write Home. One of the cards for sale was the little polar cub shown below. It is a tweaking of a card I made earlier in the year. The inspirations for both cards were a tutorial for a punch polar bear and a photo of polar cubs playing in a snow/ice cave.

Distress Ink core paper, Bazzill white and black cardstock
punches: EK hole, Paper Shaper circle, Emagination tree
additonal punches: Recollections snowflake, SU word window
fussy cutting: candy cane, Santa Hat, snout
Creative Memories oval cutting system: ear
techniques: sanding, inking, paper tearing

Think I'm going to link this one for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge to make a project featuring a tree. Truth be told, the cub is the main attraction of this vignette, with the tree serving as a supporting cast member. But, I can't resist the temptation to share this little guy with fellow CAS lovers.  :)

Parting Thoughts

Now that the craft shows are over, I need to get back to those OWH cards. It's Valentine's time on the OWH calendar.

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

Monday, December 2, 2013

What did Poppa Bee Say to Baby Bee?

Answer: Bee Mine  :)

Hi, everyone.

The inspirations for today's card were an adorable Paper Smooches stamp set and the desire to make some kid-friendly Valentine's Day cards for Operation Write Home.

Paper Smooches images and sentiment stamped on watercolor paper in Distress Ink
Distress Ink core paper; SU Sizzix embossing folder
embossed paper sponged in Distress Inks with SU daubers
stash ribbon; garage sale brad; mini glue dots

I like the pairing of the poppa (or momma) bee and baby bee. But, when I went to put together the elements of this card, I realized just how big the parent bee really is for an A2 card. Should I decide to do a version 2.0 of this card, I might actually print out a slightly smaller version of the bees and sentiment.

I played around with several color combos for sentiment background paper. It felt like there needed to be a piece of white between the brown and red. In the end, the three background papers seem to help bring my eye to the sentiment since the bees and heart make such a strong image.

I tried to create a single focal point -- or at least a flow to the card, by having the bee image touch the sentiment, and the sentiment touch the ribbon.

Speaking of the ribbon... Isn't it amazing how things like this ribbon look so crooked when you see them in a pic?

Oh well, think there's a little one who will love receiving this from their mommy or daddy -- crooked ribbon and all. :)

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! Have a great week.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The True Soldier

Hi, everyone.

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving celebration with family and loved ones.

Seems like forever since I've made a traditional Any Hero card. Missed quite a bit of October due to some traveling, and made Any Hero holiday cards in November.

The inspiration for today's card came from OWH Sketch #201 and Donna's wonderful sample card. Since this is an Any Hero card that doesn't require mailbox-to-mailbox delivery, I went with two thick ribbons and double thick foam adhesives.

Bo Bunny Anthem; Distress Ink core
sentiment (Stamper's Best??? Unity???), heat embossed in Distress Ink core
Paper Smooches ribbons; Paper Studio brads
Tombow adhesives

The only deviation from the sketch was the horizontal strip. Since I went with ribbon that was only 1.5 inches thick, I changed the layout slightly to accommodate the narrower ribbon.

I love the sentiment on the stamp, which I picked up during OWH's Birthday Bash month. But, for the life of me, I can't remember who made it.

Parting Thoughts

Hoping to get a start on some OWH Valentines.

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

Friday, November 29, 2013

White on White on White on White

Hi, everyone.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Ours was very nice -- having our dads over for dinner and watching a little football. We had a quiet, peaceful, relaxing day.

Now for my card for this week's Midweek Throwdown color challenge -- a card I almost didn't make. The challenge is to make a white on white card. I was going to pass because I honestly didn't think I had a single sheet of nice white paper in my stash following the OWH and craft show Christmas card holiday rushes. But, as I was cleaning out the craft room -- which is a disaster because of those same holiday rushes, I came across some lovely Stampin' Up! paper that I purchased years ago at a garage sale. So, I used pieces of four sheets of lovely, textured paper for the card below.

Stampin' Up! paper; Martha Stewart punches
white tulle; Queen & Co pearls; white gel pen antennae

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! Thanks, Allison, for a great challenge.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the holiday weekend.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Question or Two for fellow Craft Show Vendors

Hi, everyone.

First of all, many thanks to those of you who left comments for Christmases of Days Gone By. And, it was so great to see fellow card makers from Curtain Call. It was my first time to visit the Curtain Call blog, and I have a feeling it isn't going to be my last.

Craft Show Follow-Up

Okay, so last Wednesday was the craft show at work, selling handmade cards to raise money for my OWH hobby. (Or, maybe I should say obsession.)  :)

I think I did a little better than last year, but not as well as my first year. The quality has certainly improved as my card making skills have gotten better, and I received tons of compliments. In spite of new-and-improved designs, I'm still charging the same amount -- $4 each or 3 for $10 -- which seems reasonable. 
But, it's starting to feel like more and more folks are leaning more towards photo cards than traditional holiday cards. Seems like Shutterfly and Vista Print are everywhere. Interestingly enough, a coworker told me that mine was the only real Christmas card she received last year, with everyone else sending photo cards.

So, for those of you who sell, or have sold, cards at craft shows:
  • Have you noticed a decrease in the number of people who purchase cards?
  • Is there a paper craft that sells better -- maybe like gift tags?

Hubby and I are selling at one more show in December. We'll see how that goes. Most importantly, I'm spreading the word about OWH to lots and lots of people!!!!

Nonetheless, I'd really like to maximize profits... So, I'm open to suggestions. :)

Parting Thoughts

Thanks again for the lovely feedback about Christmases of Days Gone By. Now back to that slightly-less-messy craft room.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, November 22, 2013

8 Packages Tied Up in a Bow

Hi, everyone. Happy weekend!

The card below was inspired by this week's OWH Midweek Throwdown to make a masculine birthday card and CAS-ual Fridays' challenge to make a card featuring eight of something -- in this case, 8 birthday packages all tied up in a bow.

DCWV Natural matstack with foil
Paper Smooches twine
Paper Studio brads

Pretty pleased with the way this one turned out. Really love all the textures with the foil in the paper, the twine, and the brads. Hope it will brighten the day of one of a troop's loved one.

Parting Thoughts

Will try to make some time to write about this week's craft show. And, then there's a post-craft-show craft room that needs some cleaning up. :)

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmases of Days Gone By

Hi, everyone.

Boy, what a difference a day makes. Hope everyone is safe and sound following yesterday's weather.

The card below is inspired by two separate posts: this month's OWH Design Bootcamp lesson from Paula about using texture and this week's CAS-ual Fridays and Curtain Call's combined challenge. (Luckily, this digital camera pic turned out much better than my last few efforts! Maybe there's hope for me yet...)

Distress Ink core, Bo Bunny Father Christmas, Bazzill or AC cardstock
Stampin' Up! stamp and punch
dry embossing with Cuttlebug folder
heat embossing with Inkadinkado gold powder
Martha Stewart branch punch; Creative Memories oval cutting system
Really Reasonable Ribbon lace; Paper Studio brads
Tombow foam adheaives

The CAS-ual Fridays inspiration photo reminded me of a Currier and Ives or Norman Rockwell Christmas. So, it just felt right to pull out my remaining Bo Bunny Father Christmas papers and new Stampin' Up! old-fashioned ornament stamp set to create this holiday card.

Love the richness of the colors, the simplicity of the design, and all of the texture. (I know there's a  lot of tactile texture, not so sure about the visual texture.)

This card is going to OWH to send some holiday cheer to one of our deployed troops.

Parting Thoughts

Thanks again, Paula, for another wonderful Design Bootcamp. Your posts have been fabulous!

Looking forward to Wednesday's craft show at work. Hoping for lots of sales. After all,  girl's gotta do something to support her card-making hobby...   :)

Have a great rest of the week. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Snowflakes in Purple and Silver

Hi, everyone!

Loved, loved, loved today's OWH CAS sketch, which inspired the Any Hero Christmas card shown below. Still missing our printer/scanner, which means fumbling around with the focus on our digital camera. So, I apologize in advance for the fuzziness of the pic.

Distress Ink core and Recollections papers
SU sentiment; Recolrection snowflake punch
Creative Memories square punches
sentiment and snowflakes heat embossed in Stampdendous silver tinsel
Paper Studio brads

Other than a slight adjustment in the size of the squares, I think I was pretty true to the sketch this time around. Shocking, I know! But, I do love the simplicity of this sketch -- and think it might become a go-to favorite for a lot of cards... Valentine hearts, spring butterfies, summer seashells, fall leaves...

Parting Thoughts

Think weather's supposed to get kind of dicey, so I'm going to sign off. Hope all of you in the Chicago area are safe and sound.

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Say It with Butterflies

Hi, everyone. Happy Saturday!

Just finished the last set of Craft Show cards. Wanted to include a few non-holiday cards. So, the last cards are versatile feminine offerings that are sentiment free and could be used for a variety of occasions.

Distress Ink core paper embossed with Sizzix folder
OWH fundraising ribbon
Martha Stewart butterfly punches with Paper Studio brads

I like the softer, muted palette, and I really like all the texture in this card. The ribbon is just plain yummy. The butterflies have just the right amount of detail -- with just a touch of bling. (These brads are itty, bitty -- in case craft show shoppers want to be able to drop these cards in the mail.) And, I'm really pleased with the placement of the ribbon and butterflies.

Sorry about the crooked image. Our desktop is in for some maintenance, so the printer/scanner is not an option. And, actually, a scanned image would have produced some shadows. However, I'm still working on this digital camera thing. :)

Parting Thoughts

Okay, the craft room is in serious need of cleaning/organizing after being besieged by this whirlwind called a craft show. After that, hoping to work on an Any Hero card and a CAS-ual Friday card inspired by tomorrow's sketch and this week's new challenge, respectively.

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

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Birthday, Princess

Happy Friday, everyone!

Trying to get a few more cards for Wednesday's Craft Show -- mixing in a few general sentiment cards with all those holiday cards. The card below is my latest attempt at a non-glitter princess card. (Trying to keep a glitter-free card-making space.)

Recollections dp; AC and Bazzill cardstock; watercolor paper
computer-generated sentiment (Lucida Handwriting)
Martha Stewart punches and gem; flea market ribbon
Inside Sentiment: May All Your Dreams Come True

Okay, just a few sentiment-free butterfly cards to go. :)

Thanks for stopping. Happy scrappin'! And, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bee Mine -- Take 2

Hi, everyone.

This week's OWH Midweek Throwdown is to make a card using dry embossing. Just loved Carols' sample card.

As for my contribution... Sounded like another great opportunity to stamp some little bees.

Distress Ink core, embossed with Sizzix/SU embossing folder
Paper Smooches images stamped in Distress Ink

Inside of Card

waterfall card
These three panels on the front, and the inside sentiment, make up the four panels on this waterfall card from the other day.

And, I don't usually include onside sentiments for OWH cards. But, these little bees really needed a little extra pizzazz on the inside. :)

I'm really liking the concept of the card, but am not so happy with the dimensions of the panels on the front. Think I may give this another try using two circles and an oval...

Parting Thoughts

Another short and sweet post. Still trying to recover from last week's festivities. And, gotta make some card bases for next week's craft show and e-mail a friend about a possible December Girl Get-Together.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Bee Mine

Hi, everyone.

For those of us who make cards for Operation Write Home, Veteran's Day is bittersweet. A heartfelt thanks to those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

This month's Our Daily Bread Design OWH challenge is to make a love card. Yes, while the rest of the world is thinking turkey and pumpkin pie, OWHers are thinking Valentine's Day cards for our troops.

Paper Smooches stamp set, heat embossed in Distress Inks
Distress Ink core paper, embossed with Sizzix folder

The card above was inspired by a technique learned in one of Bernadette's Stampin' Up! classes -- making a waterfall card. Honestly, my brain is too fried from today at work to even begin to try and explain the card. But, if you're interested in learning more about waterfall cards, a quick Google search will turn up some videos. :)

The images below show the panels that pulling on the tab will reveal.

Since this card is going to a troop to write home to a loved one, I wanted to include a little writing room. The image below shows the back of the card.

What's not to love about a card that combines Paper Smooches stamps, Distress Ink core paper, Distress Inks, and embossing?!

Think CAS-ual Fridays has an embossing challenge going on -- and Paper Smooches has a guest designer challenge. If so, this little card might just end up on both of those sites.

Parting Thoughts

So glad I was able to get a card made for the ODBD challenge. Would hate to miss that.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Any Hero Whimsical Christmas Card

Hi everyone,

Today's Any Hero Christmas card was inspired by today's OWH Sketch, October's Really Reasonable Ribbon club assortment of non-traditional holiday color ribbons, and a previouly-published whimsical tree card.

AC cardstock; Really Reasonable Ribbon (October club sampler)
EK hole punch; the Paper Studio star punch

Still have to write a note inside this one. I am very excited that the back in stamped with my new personalized OWH stamp from!

Not quite sure what's up with the scanner these days. The green on this card isn't nearly as neon as it appears here...

Parting Thought

Have a good week. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Holiday Wishes for Our Troops

Hi, everyone.

This week's OWH Midweek Throwdown is to make an Any Hero Christmas Card or two. And, last night was Bernadette's Christmas Card class. Perfect timing!

All Stampin' Up! products

In the class we made 15 cards, 3 each of 5 designs. A pennant card and the card shown above were my two favorites. Since the card above is the "sturdier" of the two, it will most likely be the safer bet to make it across the miles safe and sound. So, at least one of these -- and probably all three -- will become Any Hero cards. :)

I loved the message shown in the blog post. So, I think I will tweak it just a little to write inside this little card.

Parting Thoughts

Thanks again, Bernadette, for another fun evening.

The 90th birthday celebration for my father-in-law continues this afternoon with an open house being hosted by a neighbor.

Think that's it for now. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Your Thoughtfulness Meant the World

Hi, everyone.

This card has been rattling around in my brain for such a long time. I just never had quite the right tools or skills to make it a reality. And, then I saw the new Stampin' Up! World Background Map stamp in this year's catalog!

But, then there were a couple of delays in getting the new stamp. So, the card still had a little more time to rattle around. Finally, the stamp arrived, the ideas came together, and the card below was born.  :)

Stampin' Up! World Map background stamp
stamped image on watercolor paper in jet black StazOn
map image washed in watered Honey Brown and Cape Cod acrylics
map and scroll edges inked in Distress Ink wild honey with SU sponge dauber
map edges distressed with Ranger distress tool
scroll: computer-generated with Word shapes and Old English font
background paper: Distress Ink core
American Craft premium ribbon, garage sale brads

Inside Sentiment: Your Thoughtfulness Meant the World to Me

Making a few more of these for the craft show. And, think this one might just be Pin-worthy! Can't wait to show it to my fellow Stampin' Up! partners in crime and our SU instructor at our Christmas Card-Making Party on Friday.

Parting Thoughts

Can't wait for tomorrow -- my father-in-law's 90th birthday dinner. His sister and brother-in-law came in tonight from Alabama. And, friends and neighbors seem really excited. Should be a special night for a remarkable man.  :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

SU Word Window Punches...

... They're not just not for polar bear arms anymore!

Hi, everyone. Hope the work week is off to a good start.

Okay, so I was making some polar bear cards for a couple of upcoming craft shows. I was in quick need of a word window punch. My fabulous Stampin' Up! demonstrator Bernadette offered to loan me hers. And, it seemed only right to purchase one from her -- although I was so polar-beared out that I couldn't even think about punching out any more bear legs anytime soon. :)

Imagine my surprise when I looked at my new punch and saw.... birthday candles. Yep, little tiny birthday candles!  :)

Distress Ink core, candles lightly sanded; Bazzill brown
Stampin' Up! word window punch; EK leaf punch
computer-generated sentiment (Andy) on watercolor paper
Creative Memories corner rounder; Fiskars scissors

I trimmed the tops of the candles with the Fiskars scissors, and I used a piece of removable tape to line up the bottoms of the candles.

Parting Thoughts

Had to smile when Jen said that she'd take a beach vacation over card making. So, what does that say about me that I worked on craft show polar bear cards in the evenings? Thanks to Donna and Paula for 'fessing up to remembering that "Less Filling, Tastes Great" commercial.

Speaking of that commercial... Eons ago -- back when my brother and I still rode roller coasters, we were waiting for a ride to begin on the Racer, which was a two track coaster that ran racing roller coasters. My brother looked over at the other track of riders and hollered, "Less filling!" Their response... nothing but blank stares. I laughed so hard. My brother, as I recall, was not quite as amused. Must say it was one of those classic family memories.  :)

Nearing the home stretch on craft show cards. I'm looking forward to checking the last cards off my list for several reasons, one of which is getting back in the swing for OWH. Need to make this month's ODBD card and want to try that scratch-off card in today's tutorial.

And, can't wait for my father-in-law's 90th birthday festivities to begin!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fewer Layers, More Texture...

Hi, everyone.

When I was trying to think of a name for today's card, and a  title for today's post, a line from an old commercial came to mind. Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers, "Less Filling, Tastes Great".

So, for today's Any Hero card, I tried to make up for a lack of layers by adding a bit more texture. As with most of my Any Hero cards, the card below was inspired by this week's OWH Sunday Sketch.

Bo Bunny Anthem, Recollections jute, Distress Ink core paper
sentiment heat embossed in Distress Ink walnut stain on watercolor paper
garage sale brads

I rotated the sketch to go with a horizontal sentiment. And, since I was going with fewer layers, I cut the backgound dp to maximize the paper embellishment on the right.  

Parting Thoughts 

Sorry I've been so sporadic with posts lately -- but it's been for lots of good reasons. The months of October and November have brought lots of fun family-related events/activities. Let's see there was a beach getaway followed by a family reunion. This week, there will be 3 separate events celebrating my father-in-law's 90th birthday. When you add these to making some cards for upcoming craft shows and our typical day-to-day activities. Well, let's just say we've been rather busy -- and quite merry.  :)

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! And, have a great week!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

it's all about the candy!

Hi, everyone.

Wednesday night was a blast!  Bernadette's Stampin' Up! Stamp Club met to make a waterfall card.  Thanks, Bernadette, for another fun class. :)

All materials used in the card above are from Stampin' Up!

The card is actually really easy to make, although I won't even try to explain the process. So, please click here to see a tutorial to make a waterfall card. But an OWH word of warning: the card in the video has glitter, a major OWH no-no.

And, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Love is in the Air

Hi, everyone.

I was so excited when Allison was announced as the new Midweek Throwdown Hostess. Unfortunately, I've not yet had a chance to make a card for her first couple of challenges. Finally, today, I was able to make a card for this week's pink and green color challenge. Pink and green... sounds like the perfect combo for a girlie, spring card. :)

Distress Ink core paper; Martha Stewart punches and gems
Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders; Glossy Accents

I really like the glossy butterflies, and I'm okay with the design of the card. However, I'm still not sold on the gems -- especially seeing them on the screen. They look more purple and less pink here than they do on the card. But, I'm not even sure I like them as they appear on the card. Hmmm....

And, how I love my Staedtler bendable ruler. It was such a help in making the matching flight paths. :)

Parting Thoughts

Sorry for such a quick post. Maybe I'll be able to check back in the next day or two and share a card we made at Stamp Club last night.

Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sweet Land of Liberty

Hi, everyone.

This week's Any Hero card was inspired by OWH Sketch #195. I ended up putting the vertical strip at the far right edge. Other than that, I think I was pretty true to the sketch.

Distress Ink core
Stamper's Best image in Distress Ink walnut stain on watercolor paper
Cuttlebug and Darice embossing folders
Creative Memories cutting system; Marvy circle punch
computer-generated sentiment (Mistral) on watercolor paper
garage sale brads; Zots 3D glue dot

Pretty tired tonight. Guess that's it for today.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

thank U

Hi, everyone.

Seems forever since I've posted. I've been offline for a while, and it's good to be back. Today's card is inspired by Paula's Design Bootcamp lesson on balance and this month's ODBD challenge to make a card featuring a sentiment.

Creative Memories dp from stash; Bazzill cardstock
Creative Memories letter stickers
Tattered Angels 3-in-1 alpha chips, painted in acrylic Plantation Pine

Going for some asymmetrical balance here, balancing out the word "thank" and the letter "u". Not sure if they are in completely in balance, but the end result feels visually pleasing to me. Most importantly, it received hubby's seal of approval. :)

Gotta make it short and sweet today. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

An Invitation 90 Years in the Making

Hi, everyone.

In a little more than a month, my father-in-law will be celebrating his 90th birthday. If you'd like to learn a little more about this remarkable man, click here. :)

So, to commemorate this special day, we are having a dinner with some close family friends at a local restaurant. The invitations -- the manly, no-frills, won't-require-extra-postage invitations -- went in the mail today.

dp: Jillibean Fresh Vegetable Soup Mushrooms
cardstock: Bazzill browns and Almond Cream
text: computer generated
string: Bead Avenue cream cotton braiding cord

The inspiration for this card came from an card by Shannon Torossi featuring twine and tag. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the link to include in this post.

Invitation Details:
  • The invitation is 12 inches in length with scores at 3.25" from either end. 
  • The middle panel is the main event, letting folks know that they are our guests for the evening. The left panel gives the when, where, RSVP information, while the right panel asks our guests to use the enclosed card to share a special memory in lieu of a purchased gift. 
  • The enclosed cards have holes punched in the top left corner to make a mini-book of memories for my father-in-law  as a memento of the evening. 
  • The string is actually cord from the jewelry-making department.
  • Finally, I made an envelope liner from the Jillibean paper for store-bought cream A2 envelopes to add that last finishing touch.
The invitations passed the men-in-my-life-no-frill stamp of approval, and I was pleased with the design aesthetic. Here's hoping that they will serve as a memento for the guests, as well.

Parting Thoughts

Think that's it for tonight. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Polka Dots, Stripes, and Stars

Hi, everyone.

Today's Any Hero card is inspired by OWH Sketch #192.

Bo Bunny Pride, Bazzill admiral, Distress Ink antique linen
Ribbon Boutique natural jute, OWH fundraising ribbon
Fiskars and Paper Studio star punches; garage sale brads
Zots 3D glue dots, Recollections foam adhesive

I really liked this week's sketch, and decided to play with some different textures. I'm pretty pleased with the patterns and textures used in the card above. If I were to change anything , I might move up the star just a tad. But, I don't think that star's moving anywhere anytime soon. :)

Parting Thought

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Birthday Card Fit for a Princess

Hi, everyone.

Wednesday night, we had another fun Stampin' Up! class with Bernadette during which we made a really cool tri-fold card. So, I decided to try out the technique on a princess-themed birthday card.

Outside of Card
computer-generated sentiment
Stampendous vintage crown stamp, scanned and resized
Distress Ink core, Bazzill white; stash gems
Martha Stewart butterfly punches, sponged with Distress Ink
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Creative Memories cutting system

Inside of Card

The card base is 5.25" by 12" with scores at 2", 4", 8", and 10". Pretty easy card. Thanks, Bernadette!

Parting Thoughts

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The True Soldier

Hi, everyone.

Today's Any Hero card was inspired by OWH Sketch #191, a new (OWH fundraising) Unity stamp, and the Declaration of Independence. It had been a while since I used this Bo Bunny Liberty paper. And, because of all of the layers on the sketch, I ended up using two layers of same pattern, one 6-by-6 version and one 12-by-12 version -- and really like this effect.

Bo Bunny Liberty (6 by 6 and 12 by 12)
Unity sentiment heat embossed on watercolor paper in Distress Ink walnut stain
Distress Ink core, Bazzill cardstock
Sizzix and Darice embossing folders
inking in Distress Ink vintage photo with Stampin' Up! daubers
Zot 3D glue dots

Short and sweet for a football Sunday.

Have a great week. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

OWH Party @ SBA: September 2013

Hi, everyone!

It's been such a fun day! Jeri Carmichael and her merry band of card makers hosted the third annual card making party for Operation Write Home at Scrapbook Art in Lewis Center, Ohio. 

It was so much fun reconnecting with fellow OWHers. The best part was seeing so much love being put into so many holiday cards for our troops and their loved ones. :)

I'll update with card totals and other stats as soon as I get the information. One stat worth sharing is that, for the second year, a massage therapist was there to offer free massage breaks to us card makers. For now, I'll let the pictures do the talking...

Thanks to Jeri and her crew for organizing the event, to Terri and the SBA staff for their ongoing support of OWH, to all of today's volunteer cardmakers, and to Carol for her fabulous stress-relieving massages.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Shaving Cream... It's Just Not for Faces Anymore

Hi, everyone.

Last night was another fun Stampin' Up! technique class with Bernadette. One of the new techniques she taught us was creating a really cool background with shaving cream. Think this would be lots of fun with kids.  :)

The cards below, a card for a friend at work who is leaving the company for a great opportunity and a Thanksgiving card for my brother's family, were both made using the technique featured in these videos.
In class, we used a paper plate as shown in Tutorial #1. I used a baking pan at home, as shown in Tutorial #2 -- and thought the baking pan was less fussy/messy. But, I think the size of the baking pan resulted in too much foam and not enough ink... which created a more subtle marbling effect.

Rockin' It Out with Shaving Cream
Kids' Quotes sentiment from Inkadinkado on watercolor paper
cardstock: AC pink, Bazzill black; Paper Studio brads
Tombow foam adhesives

all other materials: Stampin' Up!

Falling for Shaving Cream
photo paper marbled with shaving cream and Ranger butterscotch alcohol ink
Distress Ink cardstock; Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbon
Craft Smart image heat embossed in Distress Ink walnut stain
edges inked in Distress Ink vintage photo and wild honey
leaf colors sponged on with Distress Inks using cotton swabs

Wish the colors in the second card showed up closer to their real colors. The background is much more golden than yellow. Regardless, think I'll post the second card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge to make a card featuring fall colors and at least one leaf. Love this yummy ribbon and the real-life autumnal Distress palette. :)

 Parting Thoughts

Looking forward to tomorrow's cardmaking party for Operation Write Home at Scrapbook Art. It'll be great making holiday cards for our deployed troops to send home to loved ones, as well as catching up with some friends. 

Thanks for stopping. Happy scrappin' and happy weekend!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Wintry Escape

Hi, everyone.

Paula's Boot Camp challenge for us this month is to consider our use of "white" space as a design element. For the card below, I went with some "pine needle" space as the canvas for some winter flora.

We R Memory Keeper's Winter Frost; Distress Ink core; stash cardstock
OWH fundraising ribbon; garage sale brads; Tombow foam adhesives

 In addition to this month's focus, I tried to incorporate several other boot camp lessons: a strong focal point, the rule of thirds, [kind of] the 10-30-70 color rule, and an odd number of embellishments.

Short and sweet tonight. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! And, thanks Paula, for another wonderful lesson!