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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, July 24, 2017

ho ho ho

Hi, everyone!

How's your Christmas stash of Santas? How many do you have? Turns out I don't have very many... a few on some dp, but no stamps, no digis. How can that be? As Elaine on Seinfeld would say, "Oh, it be."

So, I made a paper-pieced Jolly Old Nick to play along with the current Jingle Belles Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Challenge. And, while I was at it, I made a little background paper to go with him.  :)

Stampin' Up! grays and white cardstock; Distress Ink fired brick and spun sugar
SU owl builder, Santa hat, and cupcake punches
Spellbinders circle and scallop dies; Paper Smooches mustache die
nose, mouth, and cheeks inked in Distress fired brick, applied with Ranger blending tool
SU baker's twine; googlie eyes
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots glue dots

Think I'll also share this at the CAS-ual Fridays Christmas in July Challenge. It may not win any awards, but I think this little Santa is going to bring a big smile to a little patient at Nationwide Children's when I tuck him into the SAS4Kids holiday card shipment.

Have a great week! And, thanks for stopping... happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

You Add Color to My Life

Hi, everyone!

Hope the weekend's going well. It's been a rainy one around here. Perfect weather to work on a card while watching the Open Championship.  :)

Neenah Soler white; Stampin' Up! black
TCW stencil; inked in StazOn jet black and various Distress Oxides
Distress Oxides (fired brick, fossilized amber, broken china, iced spruce), applied with Ranger blending tool
Distress Sprayer droplets; Wink of Stella, MFT Shimmer Spray, and generic black pen accents
adehsives: Scotch ATG; foam backing
This card was inspired by the current Shopping Our Stash You Light Up My Life Challenge. The original idea was to create a rainbow of lights, and this card took quite a few turns before achieving this final look. LOL

The light colors were achieved by blending fired brick, fossilized amber, and broken china Oxides. The background is a blend of fired brick over broken china, and iced spruce.

Parting Thoughts

If you have a chance to get crafty, consider playing along with us at Words 2 Craft By. Our current challenge is open through August 2.... and there's a chance to win an e-gift certificate.  :)

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

{Poster} Tidings of Great Joy

Hi, everyone! Hope your week's going well.

It's been a busy one around here. Between helping out with preparations for the local library's summer reading program finale, staying current on that online Hitchcock course I'm taking -- more on that in a future post, and last night's stamp club, it's been tough to find card-making time. But, at long last, I have a card to share.

Today's card is inspired by the current CAS-ual Friday Christmas in July Challenge.

Stampin' Up! crumb cake base; stash Chatterbox vellum, over Distress Ink brushed sage core paper
CTMH poster tidings sentiment stamp, inking in MFT gumdrop and DI fired brick
gold border, heat embossed using Versamark and Recollections gold powder
Really Reasonable Ribbon gingham ribbon
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Miracle Tape; Zots glue dots; foam backing; Ranger multi medium

The inking/stamping was a little tricky. The stamp actually inks the negative background, and I had to be rather precise to create the red stripes. I inked red stripes on the paper and then applied green ink to the stamp. I was a little surprised at the two-tone red ink effect... and I think I like it. LOL

I'm also going to share this over at the Simon Says Work It Wednesday July 2017 Challenge -- to add sparkle. Hoping the gold embossing counts.  :)

Parting Thoughts

Our July/August Challenge is still open at Words 2 Craft By. Stop by for a chance to win $10 to your favorite online store.

Gonna have to leave soon for tonight's library reading program finale. So, until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

One Post, Two Celebrations

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

Well, the birthday celebrations have settled down enough to allow for some crafting time. I have two cards to share.

Card 1: NOEL

The photo at the right is the inspiration for the current Jingle Belles Challenge and for my first card.

As you'll see I was inspired by the beautiful white and blue palette, the tiny trees on the mantel, and that luscious  green blanket/throw.

Neenah Soler white; Stampin' Up! gray
Sizzix/Hero Arts texturized impressions embossing folder and stamp combo
stamp inked in Distress Ink broken china and CTMH crystal blue
Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbon
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots glue dots; foam backing
I'm also going to share this at the Shopping Our Stash CAS for Simplicity Day Challenge. This was the first I'd heard of Simplicity Day. Thanks so much, SOS gals, for this fun challenge.

Card 2: Yappy Birthday

My second card was inspired by the MFT Sketch shown at the right. The card is going to be birthday card for hubby, and its inside sentiment is going to read, "Yappy Birthday from our Pup and Me."

Turns out July and August are full of celebrations in our family. Birthdays include hubby's, dad's, mine, and our pup's. In addition, our wedding anniversary is in August. We were actually married on my dad's 50th birthday. Now that was one big party!!!

Stampin' Up! gray and black; Lawn Fawn stash dp: Distress Ink broken china core paper; Neenah Soler white
MFT you make my tail wag images, inked in Versamark black onyx and colored with Prismacolor pencils
SU stitched square dies; SU black baker's twine
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots

Parting Thoughts

On Wednesday, we started a new challenge over at Words 2 Craft By. While our words have a patriotic spin, there are lots of ways to go with the challenge. Hope to see you at W2CB.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

SAS4Kids: Christmas in July 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 this challenge is Christmas in July 4 Kids! Time to break out all those fun kiddie holiday images.  :)

Thanks to the generosity of Little Blue Buttons Stamps and Die-Versions, we are awarding gift certificates to two lucky participants.

Little Blue Button: Christmas Elements digi stamp
digi images colored with Prismacolor pencils and embellished with white Uniball pen and Wink of Stella
Doodle Pantry polar pals dp; Stampin' Up! gray, Simon Says Stamp aqua and stash mauve cardstock
original computer-generated sentiment
Lawn Fawn winter sparrows (tree branch) in Versamark black onyx
Lawn Fawn mini snowflake dies; Paper Smooches quotables die
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen

For my card, I used an adorable Christmas owl from Little Blue Button. Since this was a digi image, it was easy peasy to flip this little guy... and create a pair of owlets.  :)

Naturally, parents and staff members would love for all our kids to get a holiday card or two or three. And, our little patients appreciate the chance to send a card or two to their loved ones. The more cards we can get, the better.

I try to send secular cards to Nationwide Children's. However, if you prefer to make religious card, Janet ships to a hospital that specifically requests religious cards.

Either way, we appreciate all of the wonderful holiday cards we get for our kids. And, we can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge.  :)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hi, everyone!

Well, it's been quite a busy week around here. Turns out today is one of those milestone birthdays. And, it's been a week filled with lunches, dinners, birthday cards, e-mails, phone calls, goodies -- including homemade chocolate peanut butter bars, and phone calls.

How lovely...

Heartfelt thanks to all who have made this such a special birthday.  :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

W2CB #43: Liberty

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for a new challenge over at Words 2 Craft By.

Appropriately, the words for our new July/August challenge come to us from George Washington.

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

Since the Fourth isn't much of a card-sending holiday in our family, I chose to concentrate on the "plant of rapid growth" part of the quote and make a card that would be perfect for a tween/teen at Nationwide Children's.... using patriotic colors, of course.  :)

Distress Ink core paper; stash blue cardstock; Neenah Soler white; SU gray cardstock
Penny Black images, stamped in Versamark onyx black and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 dies; SU twine
flower centers: SU owl builder and cookie builder punches
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Zots glue dots; foam backing

I decided to color the flower pots and flowers in blues and pinks/reds to tie them to the patriotic theme... and help them pop. The hedgehog, snail, and grass were done in gray scale, using cool and warm grays. I went with silver for the watering can, to stay with the gray scale idea but give it a slightly different look.

Sure hope you'll join us at W2CB. There's a $10 gift certificate up for grabs for the winning crafter.  :)