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 ...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lucky Number 1 + 4 + 1 + 1 + 5 + 1 (aka 13)

Hi, everyone!

Boy, it's been busy the last couple of days. Good busy, but busy. So busy that I've been plumb worn out at the end of the day. Who knew retirement could be so exhausting?! LOL

Fortunately, I found a little time to play with paper this afternoon. My original plan was to make a playful thank you card to send in my next box of SAS4Kids cards for Nationwide Children's. But, the end result was a card that I think would be perfect for a PPL librarian who is retiring this week after 31 years of service to the Pickerington community.

Nothing fancy in terms of new techniques or sophisticated design. Just a little inking and masking to create a heartfelt thanks for a special librarian who is really going to be missed by PPL patrons.

Strathmore watercolor papers; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Simon Says Stamp letter tiles, stamped in StazOn jet black and masked with removable labels
Distress Inks peacock feathers, mustard seed, and picked raspberry, applied with Ranger blending tools and an SU decorative mask
DI black soot, applied with Ranger mini mister and a toothbrush
Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbons; SSS fall sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; Zots glue dot; Recollection foam squares

I'm going to share this card over at the Shopping Our Stash Stand Up and Be Counted Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp It's Hip to be Square Challenge. (It's a big day for me at SSS. I'm actually using products from the featured company -- in this case, SSS -- on my card. Woot, Woot for me!

Parting Thoughts

Meeting with my Stamp Club gal pals tonight. We are going to practice ink blending. I've packed up my back with lots of Distress Inks, Ranger blending tools and sponges, and scrap papers to share the joy of Distress Inking with my friends.

Really think I need to get to a little housework tomorrow. Maybe the cleaning gods will reward me by providing some clarity about a pumpkin idea that's trying to work its way out of my and onto a card.  :)

Our Words 2 Craft By A Single Step Challenge is still going on. It runs until the first Wednesday in September. So, there's still plenty of time to link up a card/project -- and maybe win one of those MFT gift certificates.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shining Bright on Opening Night

Hi, everyone! Just doing a little bloggin' while watching the closing ceremonies. It's actually been a pretty quiet weekend around here. How about you? Quiet or busy, hope it's been a good one.

I have a couple of SAS4Kids pics to share. The first features a couple of cards sent in from one of our cardmakers, the second is a card I made for the current SAS4Kids Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge.

A Few of  Kathy's SAS4Kids Cards

Kathy, thanks again for donating! These Paper Smooches cuties were my favorite... and I know the kiddies will love them.  :)

My SAS4Kids Card: Shining Bright on Opening Night

DCWV Sweet matstack for pleated stage curtain; Neenah Soler white; Recollections blacked
Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs and Crazy Things images, stamped in StazOn jet black, colored with Prismacolor pencils
(image colored in grayscale, with the exception of hat, collar, and tie accents)
image features embellished with Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, and Uniball gold pen
Mama Elephant Reindeer Games lights, stamped in StazOn jet black, colored with Prismacolor pencils
Stampin' Up! Be the Star sentiment, stamped in StazOn jet black
background: Distress Inks mustard seed and scattered straw, applied with Ranger blending tool
Simon Says A2 curved edge die; Paper Smooches Borders 3 banner die
background detailed with SU star decorative mask
stash tassels; Little Things from Lucy's Cards Antique Christmas sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Paper Studio foam circles; Ranger multi medium matte; Zots glue dots

The card above was inspired by this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge. When I first saw the sketch -- specifically the top element, I immediately thought of a stage curtain. I hope I've created a stage/theater feel. And, who better to bask in our opening night spotlight than a Crazy Dog?!

For those of you who have been following my attempts to honor my blasted no-buying-online-stamps-and-dies New Year's resolution... Yep, Brutus' bow tie and hat are from a newly purchased stamp set. Darn you, Tim Holtz and Kristina Werner!!!! I've broken my resolution three times, and you are responsible for two of those times. (Just for the record... Kim Hughes at Paper Smooches is responsible for my third misstep.)

Parting Thoughts

So, is anyone else drooling over the new SU holiday catalog? I think there are going to be a few punches coming this way... for starters. (Repeat after me: no stamps no dies no stamps no dies...)  :)

The Single Step Challenge is still going on over at Words 2 Craft By. And, we will be giving My Favorite Things to one randomly selected follower and one randomly selected participant. That's in addition to the chance to win a Guest Designer gig for a future W2CB Challenge. Hope you'll stop by and play along.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful Thursday & A Card!

Hi, everyone!

Hope it's been a good week for you. I'm not sure where this week's gone. But, I do know it's a week in which I've been quite thankful for being retired. How else would I've managed to clean house, watch some Olympics, and make a couple of cards? It really is true that the days manage to fill up when you're retired. All the folks who used to say they didn't know how they had time when they were working. Yep, that's very true.

Thankful Thursday

And, actually being retired is what I'm thankful for this week. I am indeed thankful for having the time to clean and watch and create. This week, I'm most thankful for Tuesday morning. You see I woke up with a case of the lurkies. (When someone in the family isn't feeling the best -- for no apparent reason, we call it a case of the lurkies.) In the past, I would've gotten up, gotten ready for work, and gone in to the office. But, Tuesday, I got out of bed, took a couple of Tylenols, went back to bed, slept in until 11:15,, and felt sooooo much better.  :)

Today's Card: hello fabulous friend

Today's card was inspired by the Shopping Our Stash What's the Good Word? Challenge to use word dies and the Simon Says Stamp's Make for the Border Challenge to use border dies.

Stampin' Up! stash (retired) paper; SU neutral core paper; stash coral cardstock
Winnie & Walter sentiment die and stamps
"fabulous friend" heat embossed in Distress Ink faded jeans with Ranger clear embossing powder
Paper Smooches stitched dies
Lawn Fawn mini snowflake dies; SU flower and cupcake builder punches
stash sequins; Glossy Accents applied to die cut elements
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen

Think this little card is going to a friend who might be in need of a pick-me-up.

Parting Thoughts

Making this short and sweet because I need to work on a new neighbor gift. So, I'll leave quick reminders about the new Cards in Envy Challenge that posted on Monday and the Words 2 Craft By Challenge that posted about a week ago.

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

Monday, August 15, 2016

Best SON Ever

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

It's hard to imagine that our neighborhood kids go back to school tomorrow. Even worse, a good friend reported back last Monday and met kids on Wednesday/ It still seems so strange for classes to start up before Labor Day.  :(

The current Monday Blog Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is to make a card celebrating Summer Fun. (More info on that below.) I paired that challenge with this week's Mojo Sketch to create the card shown below.

Bo Bunny liberty; Recollections blue; stash (Bazzill?) red; Distress Ink antique linen
Hero Arts sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark and Recollections copper on Stampin' Up! vellum
Darice and Cuttlebug embossing folders; Paper Studio (teensy) brads
Creative Memories
Paper Studio circle and SU star punches

What does this have to do with summer fun you ask? Fair question.

  • When we were working, a major highlight of summer was our annual Hilton Head vacation. Now, we are able to go down in October and February. So, our summer fun means going out for a gourmet ice cream scoop after dinner, meeting up for lunch with out-of-school teacher friends, and catching a movie at the local theater on $5 Tuesdays. 
  • This summer, it's also included cheering on our fellow Americans competing at the Olympics. I used this patriotic feeling to create a (copper) medal-like card for an SAS4Kids boy. My current SAS4Kids box is low on boy/gender-neutral card, and I thought this patriotic card might card might bring a smile to an older boy's face.

My Mojo Sketch interpretation is a little more obvious. I started by rotating the sketch to accommodate a vertical sentiment. Then, I adjusted the size of the rectangular middle element to better fit the sentiment. Because the background paper is a little busy, I used multiple bases for this center element to make sure it was a focal point.

Parting Thoughts

A new Hip to Be Square Challenge started today at Cards in Envy. There's one more week to play along with For the Girls over at Send a Smile 4 Kids. And, both participants and followers can win over at the Words 2 Craft By A Single Step Challenge.

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

CIE Hip to Be Square

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday!

It's the third Monday of the month, which means it's time for a new Cards in Envy challenge. Our challenge these next few weeks is it's Hip to Be Square. Cards can have square elements or be square cards.

For my card, I decided to use the Simon Says Stamp letter tiles stamp set and die to create a square card with lots of little squares -- an anniversary card for hubby.  :)

Recollections white and Stampin' Up! cherry cobbler cardstocks; stash wood
Simon Says Stamp letter tiles, stamped in StazOn jet black
SU owl-builder tiny heart, coated with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents
SU owl-builder tiny heart, coated with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents
Paper Smooches heart dies; stash sequins
adhesives: ATG; Ranger multi medium matte

First of all, I need to give credit where credit is due. My card is a CASE of Lisa's gorgeous card that can be found here. Let's just say I like my card, but I ADORE Lisa's card -- especially that open white-on-white effect.

I decided to change things up a bit because I wanted a square card for challenge, which meant changing dimensions... which meant adding a few embellishments. This also meant I needed to use 12" by 12" paper. My stash was out of 12" by 12" white paper. So, I had to go with a red base -- and then re-insert the cut-out white squares to keep the focus more on the sentiment.

CIE cards should be flat enough to fit inside a standard envelope, and my ribbon squishes down pretty nicely.

Hope you'll stop by Card in Envy and play along with our Hip to Be Square Challenge. Sandy comes up with the best challenge themes.  :)

Parting Thoughts

You'd think I'd be Olympic-ed out by now. But, I'm foreseeing a couple more late nights this week. Lucky for me, I can actually get NBC on the little non-cable, antenna TV in the menopause room.  :)

A quick reminder that the August/September A Single Step Challenge started up last Wednesday at Words 2 Craft By. There are chances for both participants and followers to win MFT gift certificates. We'd love for you to play along.

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sending Smiles 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! Happy Sunday!

Yesterday, the mail carrier delivered two wonderful boxes of cards from a couple of my favorite repeat donors. Thanks so much, Diane and Nancy, for your continuing support of Send a Smile 4 Kids and the kids at Nationwide Children's!  :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Personally, I'm hoping to ink up a Crazy Dog or two this afternoon.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Word of the Day is RED!

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

So, did you see the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Challenge over at Jingle Belles? If the bold face and underlining didn't give it away, the operative word is red and not reindeer.

I wanted to do something more than just using different red-colored papers. But what??? Then, I saw the latest Jennifer McGuire video and an idea was born.  :)

Distress Ink fired brick core paper; Doodlebug Design north pole collection
Neenah Soler white, inked with DI twisted citron
Creative Memories oval cutting system
Paper Smooches holly leaves and waves border dies
Baker's Twine twinery; stash holiday sequins
holly leaves and berries embellished with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents
Cuttlebug swiss dot and Sizzix/SU striped embossing folders
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; Zig 2-way glue pen

When I saw Jennifer's video, I immediately knew I wanted to use that fun Paper Smooches wavy border die. Instead of stamping the tops and bottoms, I chose to use two different embossing folders... and am really pleased with the results.  :)

I made the mistake of asking hubby which version he preferred: the green-backed card with the sanded core paper or the more subtly embossed card. Mr. Stoic chose the more subtle version. Of course he did... which led me to ask which card to send. So, I chose to take a pic showing both cards. (Just wish I would've straightened out the twine for the card on the left before snapping the photo. Funny the things you notice when you upload pics to the blog. Right?!)

I couldn't find quite the right green. So, I inked up some white cardstock for the back layer of the sanded card and the holly leaves on both. However, I did use a piece of stash cardstock for the leaves on the inside of the card.

Parting Thoughts

I received a couple of great boxes of cards for SAS4Kids. Today's boxes came from Diane Mawyer of VA and Nancy Criddle of SD. Thanks so much, ladies!  Hope to share photos tomorrow.

A quick reminder about the new challenge at Words 2 Craft By. There are MFT gift certificates up for grabs.  :)

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!