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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 ...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

SAS4Kids: Fall 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.

Our theme for the next few weeks is Fall Colors 4 Kids.

And, we welcome Little Blue Button Stamps as our challenge sponsor. One lucky participant will win a $10 gift certificate to LBBS.

I've had so much fun playing with new My Favorite Things text bubbles that I wasn't quite ready to put them away. So, instead of making a card featuring fall things... you know pumpkins, and leaves, and scarecrows, I made a set of fall-colored-rainbow text bubbles.

Stampin' Up! crumb cake and  Recollections black cardstock; Distress Ink core paper
Winnie & Walter big bold and Simon Says you matter sentiments in Versamark onyx black
SU/Sizzix embossing folder, inked in  (I think) SU tip top taupe
hearts: Paper Smooches dies; gold Balger blending filament
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids and see all the adorable {pumpkins, leaves, and scarecrow} cards  that our talented DT ladies have made for this fun challenge. Then, come back and link up a card of your own for a chance to win that $10 LBBS gift certificate. :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

W2CB #45: Logic vs. Imagination

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's words come to us from Albert Einstein. Well, maybe. It's a quote often attributed to him, but it's definitive origin is unknown.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. 

For my card, I wanted to play along with rainbow colors peeking through a no-fill absolute alphabet stamp set. Thanks to the Rainbow Maker OCC for lots of rainbow inspiration and to friend Mary Anne for giving this fun set to me. (I just love it when Mary Anne cleans out her stash. She always has the best toys.)

Strathmore watercolor; Neenah Soler white; Stampin' Up! gray; MFT dp
CMTH alphabet set, stamped in Versamark onyx black
inking: smooshed Distress Inks; computer-generated original sentiment
MFT free-with-order dies; Pretty Pink Posh sequins
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium matte

So, how will these words inspire you? Maybe the logic portion of the quote will inspire school-themed card. Or, maybe you'll be inspired by the imagination part.

Whatever the inspiration, we'd love for you to share your creation with us at W2CB. Keep in mind we are an equal-opportunity-craft challenge blog... meaning you aren't restricted to cards. Moreover, don't forget there's a $10 prize to the e-tailer of your choice to our winning crafter.

Ready, Set, Create! See you in the W2CB Gallery.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone. First of all, thoughts and prayers to all who were affected by Harvey and all who are lie in the path of Irma, including our friends and part-time neighbors on Hilton Head Island.

Last night, a good friend and I met for an Author Night at Gramercy, a new independent bookstore in Central Ohio. Following a great conversation at an upscale fast food restaurant, we were treated to a wonderful book reading/conversation with Julia Keller, author of the Bell Elkins series. Before her novel-writing days... and before her Chicago Tribune days, Julia wrote for the Columbus Dispatch. I loved her Dispatch columns and had forgotten just how darn smart she is.

It was a perfectly lovely evening with a dear friend, discovering a new bookstore while listening to a talented writer.

An evening to remember. An evening for which I am most grateful.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

wings of sympathy

Hi, everyone.

Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Harvey. And, thoughts and prayers continue to go out to my uncle and cousins.

Today's card will be sent to one of those cousins.

Stampin' Up! crumb cake; stash white cardstock
SU hardwood background stamp, in tip top taupe
SU floral embossing folder, inked in tip top taupe
Martha Stewart butterflies, punched from white paper embossed  using an inked up SU wood grain folder
My Favorite Things double stitched rectangle stax die; Recollections pearl
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots

I really think the current color challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays makes for a soothing sympathy card palette. So, I will be sharing this card there.

Parting Thoughts

There are still a couple of days left to play along with our vacation-themed Words 2 Craft By Challenge. You have through Wednesday to link up a card for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate.  :)

Enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

SAS4Kids: Cute Fall or Halloween 4 Kids

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

Happily, we have two great prizes that will be randomly awarded to two of our entrants. Bugaboo is offering a prize of 4 digis of the winner's choice... which means an adorable scarecrow like the one shown below could be yours!) In addition, Die-Versions will be awarding a $15 gift certificate to one lucky SAS4Kids card maker.

I used this cute Bugaboo scarecrow to make a card that will be headed to Nationwide Children's. I'm thinking this sweetie would bring a smile to a little one... or to a special hospital staffer that a little one wants to thank.

Bazzill, Stampin' Up!, and Neenah Soler cardstock; Distress Ink core paper
Bugaboo Scarecrow Sitter, colored with Prismacolor pencils and embellished with Wink of Stella
SU good greetings sentiment, stamped in Versamark black onyx
Paper Smooches leaves die; SU decocrative mask, inked in Distress Ink fired brick with Ranger blending tool
SU/Sizzix embossing folder; adhesives: Scotch ATG, foam backing

Hope you'll stop by the SAS4Kids blog and check out all the gals' cards. And, then hope you'll stop back by and link up a card or two of your own.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Sparkles Christmas: Christmas Animals

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

Our fearless leader Caz chose this month's theme: Christmas Animals. How fun!

As for my Christmas critters.... Well, this marks the third holiday season for these sweet little reindeer, and I still can't get enough of them. This array was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest from beckynoelle.com.  :)

Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! cherry cobbler
Mama Elephant reindeer games, inked in Versamrak black onyx and colored with Prismacolor pemcils
background inked in Distress peacock feathers and Oxide broken china, using Ranger blending tool and spray bottle
Close to My Heart say it with style sentiment in SU cherry cobbler
Paper Smooches quote die (for curved border)
reindeer noses embellished with Stickles (candy cane)
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing

Hope you'll stop by Sparkles Christmas and see all of gals' holiday animals... and then stop back by and share a couple of critters of your own. See you in the Sparkles Christmas Gallery.  :)


Thursday, August 31, 2017

with heartfelt sympathy

Back with another sympathy card inspired by the CAS-ual Fridays Kraft and White Color Challenge. I really thought this would make for a soothing palette... but it's really put my skill set to the test. LOL

I wanted a more masculine look for a card to send to my Uncle Charlie. I debated about the twine bow, but felt like it needed a little something to tie -- no pun intended -- the sentiment to the focal point image.

Stampin' Up! crumb cake; stash white cardstock
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 image and die; PS graceful beauties sentiment
stamping and inking in SU tip top taupe
SU stitched oval die; SU/Sizzix embossing folder
SU linend thread; adhesives: Scotch ATG, foam backing

Think that's it for tonight. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!