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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 ...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

season's tweetings

Happy Weekend, everyone! Hope it's been a good one.

Today I have a tweet little card that was inspired by the current Sketch Saturday sketch and the Jingle Belles Blue Christmas Challenge. I'd been meaning to play along at Jingle Belles and, when I saw the sketch, I immediately envisioned a trio of bluebirds atop those banners.

Doodlebug Design polar pals dp; Distress Ink core paper; Simon Says Stamp lilac cardstock
Lawn Fawn winter sparrows images, stamped in CTMH black and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Lawn Fawn winter sparrows sentiment, stamped in CTMH twilight
birdies embellished with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents
Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes dies; Stampin' Up! embossing folder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2 way glue pen

Think I'll also share these little tweeties over at the Cards in Envy Favorite Color Combo {Anything Goes} Challenge... because I do love blue and purple on a Christmas card, and the A Bit of Sparkle Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.

One last thing about these tweeties, they will be going to the pediatric cardiac unit at our local children's hospital as part of an upcoming Cards for Little Hearts card drive. Stay tuned for more info on how you can donate a card or two to this worthy cause.

Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder that our Springtime = Party Time Challenge is up and running at Words 2 Craft By. We'd love for you to play along for a chance to win $10 to an online retailer of your choice.

That's it for now. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

SAS4Kids: Bright Colors 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the third Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge. These next few weeks, we're looking for cards with bright colors for kids.  :)

Our two wonderful sponsors for this challenge have supplied a couple of great prizes: 3 free digis from Paper Nest Dolls and 8 Glitter Drops from Tonic Studios.

I used a sweet little image from Paper Nest Dolls to make a card that would be perfect for a daddy's little helper.

image: Owen Building Birdhouse from Paper Nest Dolls
image printed on stash cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils
SU black and bright cardstocks; Recollection paddywhack dp
Memory Box stencil, inked in SU tip top taupe with Ranger blending tool
SU decorative mask, inked in Distress Ink hickory smoke
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing
So, a little about this card. I went with a bigger image size, which was great for a focal point but tough for coloring -- at least for me, LOL The end result is that my pencil coloring is not as bright as I would've liked... because I stopped coloring before getting a waxy look. But, I think -- I hope -- my cardcstock and dp are colorful enough to meet our challenge theme.  :)

Hope you'll join us at Send a Smile 4 Kids for this challenge. There's nothing like some big bright colors to cheer up some little patients.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Small-Town Inspired Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone! Seems like a while since I've posted. Hope life's been treating you well.

I've had a little astronaut and one big planet on my crafting table the last three days. The good news is that this card's finally done, and the great news is that it's absolutely adorable. However, the bad news is that I can't post it yet since I made it for an upcoming challenge.

I do, however, have a Father's Day card to share... that is a direct result of today's Thankful Thursday events.

Thankful Thursday

Weekend before last, I headed northwest for a weekend visit with a dear, dear friend. That Saturday morning we went garage sale shopping. At one of our stops, we came across tons of wonderful stamps, mini inks, papers.... honestly, anything a card maker could want. Turns out it the owner's mom is a CTMH consultant who is changing obsessions {ahem} hobbies.

So, I picked up a handful of items... and took $33 out of my wallet.... asking for a total in case I needed to put anything back. While I was drooling {ahem} browsing through all these yummy things, my friend had put in a good word for me.... and let the consultant know I made cards for SAS4Kids.... and that she could probably make a deal or two if she really wanted to unload some stuff.

The consultant used to make cards for a hospice ministry and totally understood my mission. As unbelievable as it sounds, my $33 bought: 30 mini pigment ink pads, stamping tools, embossing ink and powder, fringe scissors, a 40-card card-making kit, some 12 x 12 double-sided paper... and 17 CTMH stamp sets, including the stamp set used on the card shown at the right.

I can't even begin to thank Deb for her kindness and generosity.

Parting Thoughts

SU black cardstock
Distress Ink core paper
CTMH stamp set, in Versafine black onyxSU Sizzlet buttons; SU linen thread
SU stitched oval die
Scotch ATG; foam backing
Cards in Envy currently has a Favorite Color Combo {Anything Goes} Challenge. My color choices tend to vary with the seasons, but blue and brown is a favorite go-to combo for guy cards. So, I'm sharing this SAS4Kids Dad Day card over at SAS4Kids.

Speaking of challenges, our newest Words 2 Craft By Challenge is about a week old. We'd love for you to play along with us. There's a $10 gift certificate to the online merchant of the winner's choice up for grabs.  :)

Have a nice evening. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

W2CB #41: Springtime = Party Time

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, our quote comes to us from Robin Williams.

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's Party!"

I decided to make a spring-y card to celebrate a dear friend's birthday. For my card, I chose to play with those new Distress Oxides.... and tried to channel my best inner-Jennifer-McGuire when creating this colorful background. Gotta say my Oxide backgrounds are turning out much better than my typical Distress Ink backgrounds. The trick really is drying between ink applications.   :)

Strathmore watercolor; Stampin' Up! vellum and black cardstock
Hampton Arts image in StazOn jet black
Distress Ink Oxides (worn lipstick, fossilized amber, broken china)
Simon Says you matter sentiment, heat embossed with SU white powder
SU bitty banner punch; Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; foam backing; Zots glue dots

There are lots of ways to play along with this one. You can make a card or another type of project. And, you can go with spring, party, and/or Robin Williams as your jumping off point. See you at W2CB!

As for me, I think I'll link this up for the birthday challenge over at CASual Fridays, which is celebrating its own sixth birthday this month. Congratulations, ladies, for six wonderful years of inspiration.  :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cards 4 Dads or Special Males

Hi, everyone! It's time for a new challenge over at Send a Smile 4 Kids. Due to our upcoming Father's Day deadline, we're looking for cards for Dads or Special Males these next two weeks.

Huge thanks to our sponsors for donating two great prizes for our challenge:

  • 4 free digis from Bugaboo Stamps and
  • a $15 gift certificate to Die-Versions.

For my card, I couldn't resist this cute little basketball image from Bugaboo Stamps to make a card -- well, actually three cards -- that could be given to a dad for any number of occasions, including Father's Day.  :)

Recollections paddywhack; Stampin' Up! black and bermuda bay; stash white cardstock
??? digi, colored with Prismacolor pencils; computer-generated original sentiment
SU picture and word bubble dies; Paper Studio star and ??? star corner rounder punches
SU and Memory Box stencils, inked in Distress Ink hickory smoke and SU tip top taupe
ink applied using Ranger blending tool and SU daubers
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Miracle Tape; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen

Hope you'll play along with us at SAS4Kids. Our kids will love having handmade cards to give to those special men in their lives.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

an OUT OF THIS WORLD Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone!

Now that the Mother's Day SAS4Kids cards have been shipped to Nationwide Children's, I'm turning my attention to cards for dads and special guys.

Today's card was inspired by the latest MFT Sketch. As you can see, I've flipped the sketch.

Distress Ink core papers; Neenah Soler white
Lawn Fawn out of this world images and sentiment, stamped in SU night of navy
image colored with Prismacolor pencils and embellished with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents
Simon Says Stamp stacked stars die; SU oval stitched die
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte; foam backing
The current Shopping Our Stash Back to Basics Challenge, which is to use a fussy cutting element. I'm hoping this little card counts. I did use dies for the star background and the stitched oval. However, the little astronaut was definitely fussy cut. Can I get an OK from the SOS Team

Thankful Thursday

Today, I'm thankful for series finales that get it right. It seems we hear about lots of finales that don't quite cut it. The Sopranos, Seinfeld, and Lost come to mind. Making a great send off of a fan favorite show must be an incredibly difficult thing to do. But, the folks at Bates Motel really knocked it out of the park. It was a pitch-perfect ending. Seriously well done.

Parting Thoughts

Headed out of town this weekend to visit a good friend. So, I'll most likely be off line the next few days.

So, have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sparkles Christmas: Snowflakes!!!

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

It's Joan's turn to pick our challenge theme, and she chose an all-time Christmas card favorite. This month we are all about snowflakes.  :)

I pulled out my Polar Pals papers, a few Simon Says snowflake stamps, and some glittery embossing powder to make the cheery holiday card shown below. The design was inspired by a Sketch Saturday sketch from a few weeks back.

Doodlebug Designs polar pals; Stampin' Up and Simon Says card stock
Simon Says cute snowflakes stamps, heat embossed with Versamark and Hampton Arts powder
Winnie & Walter big, bold sentiment, eat embossed with Versamark and Hampton Arts powder
Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes and SU stitched circle dies
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. And, see you over at Sparkles Christmas!!!