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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Roller Coaster of a Month

Hi, everyone.

Even though a posted an SAS4Kids card on Saturday, it seems like forever since I've blogged. That SAS4Kids card was done a while ago... and I've not spent much time in the menopause room lately.

Our sweet little Miles had not been well for a couple of weeks. Sadly, we had to say good-bye to our little guy on Saturday.

Miles came to us from a local shelter 12 years ago... and was a beloved member of our family. And, while this was a heart-wrenching decision, it was absolutely the right decision for him. So, why am I tearing up just looking at this pic?

Our broken hearts came home to an eerily quiet house filled with his things. As we started to collect some of his things for safe keeping -- things like that chewed-off-ear sock monkey of his -- an atypically emotional hubby turned to me and said, "You know it's Clear the Shelter Day"... to which I replied, "I was thinking the same thing. But, we can't, can we?"

We went... and didn't find our next furever friend, but shockingly found ourselves wanting to open up our home to another rescue pup. After reaching out to several rescues, a little one wiggled his way into our hearts.... and Little Brodie is arriving today!!! Look for a pic or two or three here tomorrow.  :)

So, I finally found the mojo to finish a My Favorite Things sketch-inspired card that had been started nearly a week ago.

Bazzill, Stampin' Up!, Recollections, and Neenah Soler white cardstock; Recollections burlap
MFT Farm-tastic images and sentiment, stamped with Versamark black onyx
images colored with Prismacolor pencils
MFT picket fence die; Stampin' Up! word bubble die
SU owl builder (heart) punch; circles: Spellbinders  die and Creative Memories cutting system
Wink of Stella embellishments
I'm also going to share this at the Cards in Envy Penny for Your Thoughts Challenge. It's been way too long since I've played over there. 

Parting Thoughts

My apologies for not making any comments this past week. I hope to be visiting some blogs, including the blogs of all of you who have played along with us at Words 2 Craft By, these next few days.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! Stay tuned for pics of our new fur baby!!!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SAS4Kids: CAS 4 Kids

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

Our theme for the next few weeks is Clean and Simple (aka CAS) for kids.

We are thrilled to be offering prizes from two great sponsors. All Dressed Up Stamps is giving two digis of her/his choice to one lucky cardmaker, and Dies R Us is offering a $15 gift certificate.


For my card, I used an adorable monster image from All Dressed Up Stamps. I started off coloring the monsters (with Prismacolor pencils) before inking around these little monsters. But, when the inking overpowered the images, I chose to go with an inked-only image.... which I thought turned out perfectly for a CAS tween card.   :)

All Dressed Up Stamps Monsterific
Neenah Soler white; Stampin' Up! black: Lawn Fawn orange-striped and stash blue-green papers
Lawn Fawn monster mash sentiment, stamped in Versamark blck onyz
SU make a monster circular stamped images
SU square stitched dies; Simon Says A2 curve die
inking: Distress Oxides fossilized amber and fired brick, applied with Ranger blending tool
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to check out our DT's cards... and then stop back to link up a card of your own. See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery.  :)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This week in our neck of the woods...

  • moms took first-day-of-school photos at neighborhood bus stops, 
  • members of a local church treated McDonald's lunch patrons to free meals, and
  • our mail carrier delivered new crafting goodies from MFT.
All wonderful things. All things that would have been at the top of most all Thankful Thursday lists. 

Yet, this week, things seem different... feel different... are different. 

This week, I'm thankful for...
  • the courage of a grieving mother who embodies grace, preaches forgiveness, and vows to continue the fight in the face of unimaginable pain, 
  • candlelight piercing the night sky at the University of Virginia, and
  • "ordinary" citizens, elected officials, and corporate leaders who demand more of their country's president.

May God bless America, sweet land of liberty. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

hey, bestie

Okay, I couldn't put away those MFT text bubble dies before making a card for my dear friend Linda, who is starting a new school year. She is the director of a county educational service center that assists at-risk teens. Talk about making the world a better place....

MFT free-with-order text bubble dies
original computer-generated sentiments printed on Neenah Soler white
Stampin' Up! In-Colors: lemon-lime twist, tranquil tide, berry burst
Balger gold blending filament; stash gold sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium matte

For Linda, I made a grown-up version of a text-inspired card that I made for a tween/teen at Nationwide Children's. I loved the blending filament look of the tween/teen card so much that I used some of it on the card above. But, went with a more sophisticated color palette.  LOL  

Those sentiments on Linda's card are original computer creations. I made text boxes the size of the three dies, seeing what sentiments fit in which boxes. I then cut them out by centering each sentiment, and cut out same-sized boxes from coordinating cardstock. Finally, I used partial die cutting to size each box as shown above.

Since the card is going to my BFF, I'm sharing it over at the current CAS-ual Fridays Friendship Challenge.

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder that we have a new vacation-themed challenge going on over at Words 2 Craft By. Marty's hosting this month. And, we have $10 to an e-tailer of the winner's choice up for grabs. See you in the W2CB Gallery.  :)

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

Happiness is....

... getting a new box of My Favorite Things goodies in the mail!

So, I couldn't wait to get crafty in the menopause room. First thing on the agenda was to make a few SAS4Kids cards for Nationwide Children's.  :)

A Card Fit for a Matey

This card was inspired by MFT's current sketch and color challenges.

As you can, see I rotated the sketch. When I first saw it, I knew pirates were coming. So, I immediately envisioned the sketch's vertical strip becoming a bit of ocean.

Then, I dug through my stash of papers to find the closest matches possible to the colors of Coral Crush, Spearmint, Green-Eyed Monster, and Blueberry.

stash AC and Distress cardstocks, MFT dp
MFT Party Like a Pirate stamps and dies
images stamped in Versamark black onyx and colored with Prismacolor pencils
MFT Ocean Porthole Die; Paper Smooches wave die
adhesives: Scotch ATG and foam backing
I've been resisting these little pirates for so long... and finally gave in to temptation... and am so glad I did.  :)

A Card Fit for a Text-Obsessed Tween/Teen

My second card was inspired by those free-with-order text bubble dies. I had been tempted by a stamp set in this year's Stampin' Up! catalog. But, when I saw that trio of die, I knew I had to place an order to get a hold of these sweeties.

This card was also inspired by the current Rainbow Maker Online Card Class. I'm not quite sure if it really fits any of the techniques featured in this week's videos. Nevertheless, rainbows have been on my mind, and I thought rainbow-colored text bubbles might make a cute card for a phone-addicted tween/teen at Nationwide Children's. So, I'm going to go ahead and share this in the Day 3 (Die Cutting) Gallery.

Stampin' Up gray and Recollections black cardstocks; Distress Ink core papers
MFT free-with-order text bubble dies; Stampin' Up! speech bubble die
Simon Says Stamp You Matter background  and "YOU" sentiment stamp
Winnie & Walter big bold you sentiments
stamps inked in Versamark black onyx
Balger gold blending filament; Pretty Pink Posh sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium matte

So, what do you think of that blending filament? I was originally going to play with some thin gold thread. But, when I reached in my twine/thread container, the blending filament started unraveling. It had such a random, organic look, I decided to go with that instead... and I LOVED the look. Let's call this one happy crafty accident.  :)

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder that we have a new vacation-themed challenge going on over at Words 2 Craft By. Marty's hosting this month. And, we have $10 to an e-tailer of the winner's choice up for grabs. See you in the W2CB Gallery.  :)

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thankful Thursday... and a Wish for Peace

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a good week.

Thankful Thursday

This week, I'm thankful for last week. My brother and his family were in town. Even though they only live a day's drive away.... they live a day's drive away. So, visits are far fewer than we would like... and are always cherished. It was wonderful getting to spend some quality time with the family.  :)

Today's Card

Since family was visiting, I worked ahead on DT assignments... and it had been a while since I spent some quality time in the menopause room. Leave it to Steph and Lauren to coax me back in. Today's card was inspired by the Jingle Belles Peace on Earth Challenge. Boy, talk about a timely theme.

Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! black; ??? white card base
Walter & Winnie big, bold, merry in Versamark black onyx
Distress Inks: Oxide broken china; "regular" peacock feathers and seedless preserves
Simon Says trellis decorative mask; MFT double stitched rectangular STAX die
Pretty Pink Posh sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium matte

Parting Thoughts

Short and sweet today. Just a quick reminder that a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge started yesterday. We'd love for you to play along... and there's a $10 gift certificate up for grabs.

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

W2CB #44: A vacation is....

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month... which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge. Our words for this month come to us from Robert Orben.

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. 

When I think vacation, I think beach. So, I pulled out one of my favorite beach-y stamp sets to make a card that will be headed to Nationwide Children's on behalf of Send a Smile 4 Kids. (And, that flip-flop background, stamped one flip flop at a time. Yep, I'm just a tad touched. LOL)

Stampin' Up! and Recollection black; stash coral cardstock; Distress Ink core paper
Strathmore watercolor paper; My Favorite Things dp
Lawn Fawn life is good images in Versamark black onyx
Two Paper Divas sentiment  heat embossed with Versamark and SU white embossing powder
sky: Distress Oxide fossilized amber and fired brick
tree: Distress bundled sage, mowed lawn, antique linen, vintage photo, walnut stain
sand: antique linen and vintage photo; starfish: fired brick
circles: SU owl builder and cupcake punches, with Wink of Stella enhancements
adhesives: Scotch ATG and foam backing
There are lots of ways to go with this quote. In addition to vacations, the following come to mind: summertime, day trips, road trips, camping, travel, and staycations come to mind.

So, how will you interpret these words? Link up your interpretation at W2CB for a chance to win $10 to the e-tailer of your choice.  :)