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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, February 20, 2017

Ho Ho Ho

Hi everyone! Hope it's been a great 3-day weekend.  :)

Gotta say the Jingle Belles have come up with another great challenge: It Came Upon a Midnight... Clear. (How ever do they think of such creative names?)

Nothing says clear on a card to me like a shaker card. And, when I saw the current Sketch Saturday sketch, I knew the top portion was perfect for a shaker element.

Recollections Santa's Belt dp; Stampin' Up! black; Top Flight white
computer-generated Word Art sentiment
SU baker's twine; Pretty Pink Posh sparking clear and black sequins
red and gold shaker fill punched from Distress Ink core and Recollections glitter paper
tools: EK hole punch and Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties "bubble" dies
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Miracle Tape; Elmer's foam tape; Zots glue dot

I included this Santa-themed paper in my travel stash... just in case. When the top part of the sketch screamed "HO HO HO" to me, I knew I had the perfect paper for that diagonal strip.

I'm still not sold on the twine... because I'm a little concerned that it's not strong enough for the dp. However, I don't have a die to cut these two trapezoidal elements. (Sorry... sometimes the former math teacher in me just sneaks out.) So, I had to cut the window element by hand, and it wasn't as clean of a cut as I would've liked. (There's that math teacher thing again.) So, I added the border twine to create cleaner lines.

All in all, I think it's a pretty fun card that an SAS4Kids tween/teen might enjoy receiving.  :)

Parting Thoughts

Big thanks to all who have played along with us at Words 2 Craft By. Our challenge is open to all Celebration cards/projects through March 1.

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

Saturday, February 18, 2017

SAS4Kids Easter/Spring Cards 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.

Our theme for the next few weeks is Easter/Spring Cards 4 Kids. This year, the deadline for Easter cards is March 16. Non-Easter-specific cards featuring bunnies, chickies, and all things spring have longer shelf lives and can be used for a variety of occasions.

Our sponsors for this challenge are Bugaboo and Tonic Studios. Bugaboo is offering a prize of 4 digis, while Tonic Studios is offering 8 colors of Crystal Drops Gloss. Our thanks to both of these wonderful companies for their support of SAS4Kids.

For my card, I used the fun, fun, fun Hey, Chickie image from Bugaboo.

Bugaboo Hey Chickie image, on Neenah Soler white
Distress Ink scattered straw core paper; stash (Bazzill/AC?) eggplant
Stampin' Up! Basket Bunch images: chicks in DI mustard seed; eggs in Versamark
Cuttlebug swiss dot and SU/Sizzix hexagon embossing folders
image embellished with various Stickles and Glossy Accents; SU baker's twine
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way pen; Zots glue dot; Ranger multi medium matte
image close-up showing gold-pen, Stickles, and Glossy Accents accents
chicks stamped in mustard seed  on yellow paper for tone-on-tone effect
SU eggs stamped in Versamark on purple paper for tone-on-tone effect
SU basket builder die cuts; SU images stamped on mustard seed paper in blackberry bliss

I'm beginning to understand I can do most (all?) of the same things with digis as I did with old-fashioned stamped images. So, I printed several copies of this little chickie to do some paper piecing for a little bit of dimension.

Did you notice those blood-shot looking eyes? Turns out the Stickle color ran a little after applying Glossy Accents. Not sure if these blood-shot eyes are a good thing or not. But, there not going anywhere now. LOL   :)

Finally, this design was inspired by an Operation Write Home sketch. I used oldie-but-goodie OWH Sketch #12... by the uber talented Carol L.  :)

Hope you'll join us for this challenge over at SAS4Kids. In the meantime, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, February 17, 2017

keep on swimming

Hi, everyone! Happy holiday weekend!

Today's card was inspired by the current My Favorite Things sketch.

I tend to gravitate towards the CAS camp of card making, which is why I love MFT Sketches so much. When I saw those six matching elements, I looked through my travel-sized stash to see what I could use. Then I came across a scallop/wave die... and had the idea to make a mini ocean of swimming fish.  :)

Stampin' Up! tip top taupe, Bermuda bay, tempting turquoise
SU vellum; Distress Ink spiced marmalade
Paper Smooches courteous cuties stamp set and coordinating dies
PS sentiment masked and heat embossed in DI black soot with clear embossing powder
vellum stamped in StazOn jet black and inked in DI peacock feathers, mowed lawn, and vintage photo
SU embossing powder; PS scallop/wave die
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Miracle Tape; Zots glue dots; foam backing; Xyron tape

I'm also going to share this at the Simon Says Use Your Favorite Tool Challenge. While my Big Shot, SU trimmer, and Scotch ATG tape runner are cloooooose behind, this card wouldn't have turned out nearly as well without my MISTI.

Something tells me these little fish are going to an SAS4Kids little one at Nationwide Children's.  :)

Parting Thoughts

Big thanks to everyone who's played along at Words 2 Craft By! There's still time to link up a Celebration/Mardi-Gras-inspired card/project for our current challenge. Hope to see you there.

Enjoy the weekend... hopefully a 3-day weekend!

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hi everyone!

I was actually hoping to have a card to share. As it turns out, the vellum element took a little longer to finish than I expected. Hoping for tomorrow.  :)

Nonetheless, I wanted to pop in and share a few Thankful Thursday thoughts.

Tonight, I'm thankful for acts of civility, acts of kindness, acts of love. Acts such as:
  • motorists who practice courteous driving habits,
  • restaurant patrons who hold doors for fellow patrons,
  • grocery store workers who greet customers as they enter the store,
  • dads who give their young sons kisses on top of their little heads, and
  • dads who call their grown daughters to wish them a Happy Valentine's Day.

Thanks for stopping. Have a nice weekend. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Hi, everyone! Before I get to today's card. I have a Valentine story to share.

He Said, She Said

I don't even remember what the commercial was advertising, It showed a man and a woman and included the line, "She makes the good times great." I turned to hubby and asked, "So, do I make your good times great?" Hubby got that smirk of his and, without missing a beat said, "You make the great times good. Then he laughed that laugh of his.

Yep, that's my guy. I guess I should add that we've been married 32 years, he surprised me with chocolate-covered strawberries and fudge from a favorite candy shop, makes me laugh at least ten times a day... and I can count on one hand the number of times I've had to pump my own gasoline in the last five years. Not much for romance, but quite a guy.

Today's Card: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

I'm here with a card for the Jingle Belles' Let the Flakes Fall Where They May Challenge. Seemed like a perfect time to pull out some Polar Pals and craft away.  :)

Doodlebug Polar Pals dp and coordinating stickers; Simon Says Stamp cardstock
Stampin' Up! stitched square dies and itty banner punch
silver edging on blue banner: heat embossed with Versamark pen and Recollections silver powder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots
I sometimes struggle combining various patterns, but this seemed to come together pretty easily. Surprisingly so since there are five different patterns here -- and a sentiment square cut from a sixth paper.  :)

Love these fun, cheery colors and playful sentiment. Think this little card will be going to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  :)

Parting Thoughts

There's a Mardi-Gras-inspired Celebration Challenge going on over at Words 2 Craft By. Bobbi's come up with a great quote and is offering up a cute MFT stamp set as a prize. You have until March 1 to play along.

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Romance in Pink, Red, & White

Happy Valentine's Day! Wishing you a day filled with.... chocolate.... lots and lots of chocolate. LOL

The card I'm sharing today was inspired by the current CAS-ual Fridays Color Challenge.

Stampin' Up! whisper white; Distress Ink spun sugar, worn lipstick, and fired brick core paper
SU Basket Bunch images, in DI hickory smoke and colored with Prismacolor pencils

basket heat embossed in DI hickory smoke and Hampton Arts clear powder
SU Basket Builder dies; Paper Smooches stitched die
SU decorative mask inked in Distress Ink spun sugar, applied with Ranger blending tool

I'm also going to share this over at the following challenges.

Parting Thoughts

Whether you're dining with a sweetie, sipping wine with good friends, or watching a good movie while eating popcorn in your PJs, have a wonderful day. Do something special for those special people in your life, including yourself.

On a crafting note, I am so excited to have won a prize from one of Darnell's NBUS Challenges. I just love Darnell and so appreciate all she does for the crafting community. Thanks, Darnell!

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Sight for Sore Wintery Eyes

Hi, everyone!

This week, the Shopping Our Stash gals are asking us to make non-wintery cards featuring the color blue for their Winter Blues Challenge. What a fun idea!

Since I'm doing a little on-the-road crafting, I have Distress Inks, Stampin' Up! card stock, and about twenty Prismacolor pencils. So, I've had to do a little creative crafting to come up with a background blue and a flower blue that go well together. And, then stenciling on a non-white background added required an extra layer of creativity. The picture doesn't quite capture the true color of the blues, but it's not too far off.

All in all, think the results turned out pretty well.

Stampin' Up! crumb cake, tempting turquoise, rich razzleberry
SU Basket Bunch images, stamped in SU tip top taupe and colored with Prismacolor pencils
SU Basket Builder dies; Paper Smooches stitched die
SU decorative mask inked in Distress Ink peacock feathers, applied with Ranger blending tool
I used a stenciling technique that Kristina Werner shared a couple of weeks ago. In addition, I decided to just apply the stenciling and stitching effect to the top left corner, offsetting the location of my little flower arrangement. (Pardon the creative license I took with that sweet little daffodil. All in the nameof a good challenge.) Finally, I started with a linen bow, but felt there needed to be another pop of color. (Hope that doesn't disqualify me over at SOS. LOL)

Think that's it for tonight.

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