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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, April 22, 2018

Just a Note

Hi, everyone!

Happy Sunday evening! Hope it's been a great weekend.

I'm sharing a card inspired by the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. I wasn't sure I would have time to play along. Then, I wasn't sure I had anything in my stash to play along. (Maybe that's an indication of my lack of musical talent. Hmmmm....)

However, I remembered an itty, bitty note stamp. So, I took out the incredible MISTI and stamped a diagonal rainbow-color array of itty, bitty notes.

Neenhal Soler white; Stampin' Up! gray and black cardstock
Lawn Fawn winter sparrows note stamp
notes stamped in broken china, fossilized amber, fired brick Distress Oxides
stash sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark and SU white powder
MFT stitched STAX rectangular and SU banner dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder; CTMH gray epoxy embellishments
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing

Parting Thoughts

We're into week 2 of our current Words 2 Craft By Challenge. Our challenge winner will receive $10 to the online store of her/his choice. Hope you'll stop by, check out the challenge, and then come back to play along.

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

SAS4Kids: Anything Goes

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

This time around, it's a complete Anything Goes Challenge.

For my card, I inked up a colorful, sweet koala with a versatile sentiment. Seems like "thinking of you" can be used for lots and lots of occasions.

Recollections Paddywhack dp; Stampin' Up! cardstock
SU kind koala, stamped in MFT black licorice

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids and check out the DT's cards and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own. Remember, anything goes!!!

See you over at SAS4Kids. In the meantime, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

One Crazy Dog Run Amok

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a great weekend.

I'm sharing two cards inspired by the current Twofer Card Challenge theme of pets.

All three of our dogs have been terrier mixes from local rescues. So, it seemed only right to feature a little terrier in these cards... who just happens to be my favorite of Tim's Crazy Dogs.

  • Yappiest Birthday Ever is an 18th birthday card for my nephew. In this scene, the little pup can't believe how many bones he's received as gifts.
  • 'Tis the Season will go to a fellow dog lover this Christmas. Here, a little pup is caught in the act right after taking a bite of some tempting holiday wrapping. 
Yappiest Birthday Ever: SU dp and cardstock; Crazy Dog images; SU framelits;
MFT paw print images; original computer generated sentiments
'Tis the Season: stash dp and cardstock; Crazy Dog images; MFT happy pawlidays sentiment
Memory Box stencil; SU word window punch
I did a little masking here. Okay, I did a lot of masking. LOL 
'Tis the Season mask
  • Yappiest Birthday Ever: For starters, virtually every bone was masked to stamp the next bone. Then, the pup and his party hat were masked to get a good placement for the hat. Finally, the pup and bones were all masked to ink the sky and grass, starting by using the mask shown at the right. 
    • Trust me, I can't even begin to count the hours spent on that birthday card. But we only have two nephews, and the older one is turning 18 this month. Boy, where does the time go. 
  • 'Tis the Season: The sentiment is masked from one of the MFT Happy Pawlidays sentiments. Pretty standard masking. However, the real masking challenge for this card was creating the gift's ripped wrapping paper. I've made a similar card before. So, it was a little easier this time around. But, it still requires just a little precision and a lot of patience. This is definitely going to someone who really loves dogs.  
  • Needless to say, both of these were labors of love.
Thanks to Darnell and her team for another fun challenge... that really pushed me to go the extra mile on a couple of special cards.

Parting Thoughts

The April/May Words 2 Craft By challenge is inspired by thoughts of spring. Hope you'll come by, check out this challenge's words... and fab DT cards, and come back to link up a card/project of your very own.  :)

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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

flowers... flowers... and more flowers

Hi, everyone!

Hope your weekend is going well. Watching a couple of design shows while catching up on computer tasks... including posting a few cards.

Card 1

The first card was inspired by the Jingle Belles Orange You Glad It's Christmas Challenge, which asks for a card based on the pretty inspiration pic shown at the right.

The first thing that caught my eye were those pretty pillows... and I thought I had just enough scraps left of my favorite Graphics 45 coral and sage/seafoam green paper to make a card. The second thing was the modern take on traditional Christmas elements.... which was my inspiration to use a Paper Smooches poinsettia die.

Graphics 45 dp; Neenah Soler shimmery white paper; Distress Ink bundled sage core paper
Paper Smooches poinsettia and SU stitched square dies
Hero Arts sentiment in MFT steel gray and heat embossed with Versamark and Simon Says clear powder
stash gems; adhesives: Scotch ATG, foam backing, Zig 2-way glue pen
poinsettia petals and leaves brushed with Wink of Stella

Card 2

The second card -- well, actually set of cards -- will be tucked in the Mother's Day box of cards I'm sending to a Send a Smile 4 Kids shipper. Think I'll share these for the Cards in Envy Get Negative Challenge.

SU cardstock; SU wood grain background stamp in Versamark
sentiment stamps: Winnie and Walter big, bold you and Simon Says you matter
sentiment stamped in MFT black licorice and Versamark black onyx
Paper Smooches flower dies; SU stitched oval die
adhesives: Scotch ATG; SU foam strips; Zig 2-way glue pen; Recollections foam squares

Parting Thoughts

A new challenge started up Wednesday over at Words 2 Craft By. Of course, there's $10 to an e-tailer of the winner's choice up for grabs. Hope you'll  be able to play along with our spring-inspired challenge.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

W2CB #52: The Promise of April....

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 words come to us from Hal Borland:

No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. 
April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it. 

With the unusually cold temps we've been experiencing here in Ohio, we all are doing our best to keep hope alive in our hearts.

Close to home, the annual Blooms and Butterflies event has started, and our local library just hosted a gardening program aimed at attracting butterflies to our yards. So, I'm ushering in spring with a delicate butterfly of my very own.

Hero Arts sentiment, in MFT black licorice, heat embossed with Versamark and clear Simon Says clear powder
CTMH epoxy embellishments; Everything Else: SU products!!!

Our fab SU demonstrator Christine Oehlman hosted a coloring day to check out the SU watercolor pencils and new markers. This was only my second attempt at using watercolor pencils. I was so pleased, I ordered a set of my very own.  :)   But, as for those randomly placed embellishments. Yeah.... well those were placed to cover up a few oops ink marks. Know what I mean?

Hope you'll stop by W2CB to check out our I-Team's beautiful spring creations, and then stop back by to link up a project/card of your own. Did I mention there's $10 up for grabs to the e-tailer of her/his choice to our winning participant?!

See you in the W2CB Gallery!

Monday, April 9, 2018


Hi, everyone! Happy Monday!

Still working on SAS4Kids girly cards for kids to give to their moms. Today's cards were inspired by the current My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.

MFT dp; SU cardstock; Strathmore watercolor paper
MFT Party Like a Pirate images and sentiment
images inked in MFT hybrid black licorice and colored with SU watercolor pencils
sentiment heat embossed with Versamark and SU white powder
MFT stitched STAX rectangular and Paper Smooches border dies
background inked in Distress broken china Oxide and Distress vintage photo Ink

Short and sweet tonight.

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

Sunday, April 8, 2018

you are bearly loved

Hi, everyone! Hope the weekend is going well.
I'm here today to share a card inspired by the current Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge. This month, the challenge is a photo inspiration. 

I've been busy making cards for kids at children's hospitals to give to moms, grandmoms, and other special ladies in their lives.

  • When I saw the tulips shown in the photo below, there was one Paper Smooches stamp set that immediately came to mind. I thought this sweet little bear would be perfect for one of these mom/grandmom/special-lady cards. 
    • Doesn't she/he remind you of a child offering a single tulip of love to a mom or grandma?! 
  • Since the tulips have pinkish, purplish look, I went with shades of pink for our little one's flower. 

Stampin' Up! cardstock and dp; Strathmore watercolor paper
Paper Smooches courteous cuties image, sentiment, and die
image in MFT black licorice, colored with Prismacolor pencil
sentiment heat embossed with Versamark ink and SU white embossing powder
Paper Smooches heart and tiny heart dies; SU stitched oval die
background inking: Distress broken china and fossilized amber Oxides
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way pen

I'm also sharing this over at the Simon Says A Trio of Something (Hearts, in this case) Challenge.

Parting Thoughts

We have a new challenge starting up at Words 2 Craft By this Wednesday.

In the meantime, have a great week. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!