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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 ...

Monday, March 27, 2017

For a Classic Brother

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

I'm here today with a Mojo-inspired birthday card for a wonderful brother.  :)

For my card, I rotated the sketch. Since this is a guy card, I de-emphasized the bow part... going with a little linen thread and a more subtle bow on a layered strip of dp and cardstock.  And, since this is a card for my brother, I used some of my beloved stash of Bo Bunny timepiece paper.  :)

Stampin' Up! black cardstock; Bo Bunny timepiece dp
SU guy greetings image, stamped in SU tip top taupe and Distress Ink black soot
inking in DI antique linen, scattered straw, and vintage photo, applied with a Ranger blending tool
SU linen thread;  adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots glue dot

Sorry about the pic quality. Didn't notice that until uploading it here on the blog. However, thanks to my wonderful MISTI, the image is far crisper than it looks here.  LOL

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

YOU make the world a better place

Hi, everyone! Happy Weekend!!!

I wasn't sure I'd be posting today. But, I had a chance to work on a card for a dear blog-land friend. So, I thought I'd pop in and share it with all of you.  :)

For my card, I used an oldie-but-goodie Operation Write Home sketch. The retired math teacher in me so loved that Sandy's sketches included dimensions.

Graphic 45 time to celebrate dp; Stampin Up early espresso; Jen Hadfield gold foil
Simon Says You Matter die and sentiment, sentiment stamped in SU tip top taupe
SU square stitched die; Paper Smooches botanicals 2 stamps and dies
circles: SU owl and cupcake builder punches
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Xyron; foam backing

I'm also going to link this up to two Simon Says Challenges: Layer It Up and Use More than One Die or Punch (SU square stitched die; PS botanicals 2 dies, SSS you matter die).

Short and sweet tonight. Enjoy your weekend.  :)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hey, Chickie... It's Thankful Thursday

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday!

Know those times of the year when your calendar runneth over with special events? Well, April is one of those months for me -- particularly the first week of April. I have three special birthdays one after another after another.... literally. Three straight days of birthdays that need to be celebrated.

One of those celebrating an early April birthday is my dear friend Linda. Linda's card was inspired by the Cards in Envy Black and White Challenge and the current My Favorite Things Sketch.

Stampin' Up! black and yellow cardstocks; stash white
Sasayaki Party Chooks digi image, colored with Prismacolor pencils
SU Basket Bunch stamp 5-egg stamp, inked up with Distress Ink black soot
original computer-generated sentiment; SU word bubble and picture frame dies
adhesives: Scotch ATG, foam backing

I took a lot of inspiration from Annie's pops of yellow on her CIE DT card. I'm not usually a huge fan of the black, white, and yellow combo. But, in this case, I decided to make this sweet little chick my pop of yellow.  :)

The background was created using a 5-egg SU stamp. I think this required 30 stamp re-positionings. In the end, I know three things: 1) I never, ever could've done this without a MISTI, 2) I LOVE the result, and 3) Linda is a very dear friend for me to ink up this background.  :)

The chicks are a digi prize that I won in a recent challenge. These cuties are from Sasayaki Glitter, which is a new company to me. Something tells me this won't be the last time I visit this online store.

The sentiment banner and word bubble were created in WORD. I made two text boxes that had black fill and white font.

I'm also going to link this up to two Simon Says Challenges: Layer It Up and Use More than One Die or Punch (dies to cut out the chickie panel and the word bubble).

Thankful Thursday

Market Street Cafe
Tonight, I'm thankful for decadent desserts. Like the worth-every-single-Calorie-and-then-some Bailey's Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. Oh, my... These cheesecakes are supplied to the Market Street Cafe by an island homemade baker. And, yummy does't even begin to describe them.

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder that our Words 2 Craft By Challenge is still going strong. Annie's hosting this month... and is offering up a $15 gift certificate. See you at W2CB.  :)

Have a nice Friday and a wonderful weekend! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

YOU make the world a better place

Hi, everyone! Happy Sunday!

I'm here today with a card inspired by the current MFT sketch.

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to win an MFT gift certificate in a card-making challenge. I thought it would be appropriate to send an MFT-inspired card to thank this kind person, who really does make the world a better place.  :)

In addition to sharing this at the current MFT Sketch Challenge, I'm going to link it up to the Simon Says Handmade Flowers and Paper Smooches Monthly Challenges.

Graphic 45 time to celebrate paper
Simon Says you matter sentiment; Paper Smooches botanicals 2 stamps and coordinating dies
sentiment and images stamped in Stampin' Up! tip top taupe
SU stictched circle dies; Paper Smooches scallop/wave die
Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way pen; Zots glue dots; Ranger multi medium; foam backing; Xyron

It looks like another sunny day in paradise. So, it's time to sign off and go for a morning walk.  :)

If you have a chance, we'd love for you to stop by Words 2 Craft By and play along with our March/April challenge.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

SAS4Kids: Animal Cards 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the third Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new challenge over at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Our theme for the next few weeks is Animal Cards 4 Kids. And, our sponsors for this challenge are All Dressed Up Stamps and Tonic Studios.

  • All Dressed Up is giving two free digis to one lucky participant and 
  • Tonic Studios is giving 8 Crystal Drops Pearlescent to another lucky participant. 

When I saw when I saw this cute little baseball bear from All Dressed Up, I immediately wanted to transform it into a baseball card. Hubby helped me come up with this all star's name and some of his fun facts.  The design was inspired by an oldie-but-goodie Operation Write Home sketch.  :)

All Dressed Up Stamps baseball bear image
Bazzill red; Recollections white and black; Distress Ink mustard seed core paper
computer-generated text and gradient fill
Stampin' Up star and ???? corner rounder (for tiny stars) punches
Paper Smooches border die; Darice embossing folder
Uni-ball white pen; Distress Ink vintage photo accents
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Xyron sticker maker

computer-generated original fun facts
WRMK red, white, & blue dp; Distress Ink stormy sky core paper

We hope you'll join us over at SAS4Kids.

Can't wait to see your animal card creations for our kids!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

W2CB March April 2017

Hi, everyone! Happy St. Paddy's Day!

There's a great challenge going on over at Words 2 Craft By! Our words for our March/April challenge come to us from an old Irish proverb:

A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

My card was made for a stamp-club buddy who gifted me with several sets of nesting dies, including the frame dies used on the card shown below. (Thanks again, Mary Anne! I use your gifts all the time!)

Graphic 45 celebrate paper
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 images, in Stampin' Up! tip top taupe, and coordinating dies
gifted nesting dies (MFT? SU?)
Kelly Purkey lucky die
computer-generated original sentiment
Really Reasonable Ribbon gold thread; stash SU pearl
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Xyron; Zig 2-way glue pen; foam backing

a quasi New Year's resolution to decorate card interiors...

... and envelopes (using SU envelope liner die)

In addition to being the first time for using these nesting dies, it was also the first time to use new Paper Smooches botanicals 2 dies, the "lucky" word die and a Xyron of my very own. The color for my computer-generated text was based on the rgb values of Tip Top Taupe, which I slightly darkened.

While I didn't make any "official" New Year's crafting resolutions for 2017, I am trying to do a little bit more with envelopes and/or card insides. For this card, I made a point of doing something with both.  :)

I came across the dp at Tuesday Morning. This might be the first Graphic 45 paper I've ever used. I don't typically "do vintage," but I LOVE this paper collection.

Think I'm going to link this up for the following challenges: Simon Says Handmade Flowers, Simon Says Bit O' Green, and Shopping Our Stash Luck O' the Irish.

We're hoping you'll join us over at Words 2 Craft By. Even after St. Patrick's Day, there are still lots and lots of ways to go with this quote. You could feature friends, blessings, all things Irish, ... or a combination of two or more of these.  :)

See you over at W2CB, Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! And, have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

thanks so much

Hi, everyone! Happy Wednesday!

Thankful Thursday Wednesday

Today, I'm thankful for the lovely woman who helped me put together some great mix and match pieces at a local consignment store yesterday.

I received an invitation to my first island luncheon and wanted to wear something a little fancier than jeans or beach gear. I was thrilled to come away with an adorable pair of Chicos pants, a linen blend Chicos jacket, a pretty lace-like white blouse, and a cute black knit top. Lots of mix-and-match possibilities.

And, today's luncheon was just lovely.  :)

Today's Card: thanks so much

I'm hoping to make quite a few thank you cards throughout the year... with the goal of sending them out to some special volunteers in November. Today's card, which was inspired by the current Mojo Monday sketch, is one of a set of six that I've been working on this week.  :)

Pebbles woodland forest dp; Stampin' Up! early espresso cardstock
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 image and graceful beauties sentiment, in SU tip top taupe
SU stitched die; stash twine; circles: SU cupcake punch
 Even though this isn't a St. Paddy's card, it does feature a green background. So, I'm going to share it at the Shopping Our Stash Luck O' the Irish and Simon Says Bit O' Green Challenges.

And, since this features Paper Smooches products, I'm also going to share it at its Color of the Month and Guest Designer Search Challenges.

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder that our March/April Words 2 Craft By Challenge is going on. Annie's hosting this month... and is offering up a nice prze for our challenge winner. Hope to see you over at W2CB!

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