Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bryan Adams 30th Anniversary Reckless Tour

Thank you, Bryan Adams, for a terrific show !!!
30th Anniversary Tour of Reckless 
They sounded fantastic and the audience interaction was great.
The two hour show ended far too soon :( 

20 rows back, on the floor nearly center stage I couldn't see much most of the night,
but every now and again I could get a peek through an opening.
My best views were when he went stage left or right. 
Still couldn't see much of the other band members though. 
These photos have been cropped in a lot from my original,
it only looks like I was standing close ;)

Yes, I will make a couple of scrapbook pages
with these photos, super happy they turned out so well !

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Scrapbook Page

Spring has certainly sprung here in our part of the country ! We've had quite a bit of stormy weather already and my daffodil blooms were pretty while they lasted. I made this quick scrapbook page to show a few photos I took of a thunderstorm rolling in as well as the flowers around the yard.

I used My Memories Suite to make it. All of the papers and embellishments came in the MM5 version of the software. The kit I used is called Spring In Bloom. Although the software included several premade spring themed pages, I made my own from scratch. I used a sketch from Scrapbook and Cards Today.

I am entering my page into the Words to Scrap By Challenge #16 : The earth has music for those who listen. Many people consider claps of thunder, howling winds and the sounds falling raindrops make as they hit objects a type of music, so I suppose this page could fit the challenge since it has a thunderstorm photo on it ;) Also, flower gardens in full bloom are a "symphony" of color !

Lastly, I'd like to say "Welcome!" to the newest followers of my blog :
and Chrissy

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Classic Corvette Convertible Card

I've so many cards completed - and Easter projects I still haven't shared!- 
yet here I am creating and posting this card for the following three challenges:
Masculine ODBD Challenge at
Masculine CAS Challenge at
TLC258 - Cluster stamping at

Things have gotten crazy at our house the past two weeks,
 not to mention major issues with our internet service 
(I think it is the piece of poo computer we bought earlier this year
 and have nothing but problems with...........) 
and on top of that, I twisted my ankle so I've not posted anything lately.
 I hope to post my many completed projects soon.

Anyway, on to the card:
All rubber stamp images used were from Stampin' Up!, but retired:
Classic Convertibles (Corvette)
Antique Autos (gas pump, RT 66 sign)
Highways and Byways background (map)
Square die
Paper piercing tool
various inks
water brush pen
silver Signo gel pen
scraps of paper to create masks

Die cut the shape you wish to use as your mask
from lightweight scrap paper.
Stamp images inside it.
(I stamped the car first then placed the square mask over it
to create the "out of the box" look).

I masked off the larger individual images so I could
stamp the background (map) stamp over them.

I lightly sponged gray ink over the edges of the mask.

Remove the mask and watercolor images.

Add piercing detail around the outer edge of the square.

My stamped panel is slightly smaller than the card front.
I ran the edge of a Shapie permanent ink marker
along the edges of the stamped panel
before adhering it to the card front. 

Thanks for looking =) 

EDITED TO ADD 4/12/2015:
I was notified that my card posted at 
was recognized as a

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Fools' Gold at AnythingButACard

This month's challenge at 
 Fool's Gold. 
Be sure to visit the blog each weekend
throughout the month to see inspiring projects
by the design team. Share your "gold" project
(so long as it is not a card!) with a direct link back
to the challenge and please do not enter it in more than
four challenges to qualify as a top pick for the month. 

I repurposed a couple of items for my project,
incorporating the color gold.
One man's trash is another man's treasure (gold!).

Vase before, it was pretty rough in spots 
as you can see in this photo. 

Table centerpiece I was given to take home from a wedding. 
I took all of the flowers out of the foam then reinserted them,
mixing them up more than what they originally were
(too many yellows or reds next to each other;
this photo was taken after I reassembled it). 

Punch a circle, trace onto compressed craft sponge and cut out.
Dampen the sponge (it will puff up) then stamp gold metallic paint
onto your vase.
This won't be a permanent paint, so clean
carefully with a slightly damp cloth.
Better yet, seal the paint onto the item to make it more durable.

This shows to back of the vase with the stamped gold circles.
It also shows that the flowers are stuck into a round Styrofoam ball
that rests on top of the vase as well as the off/on switch
for the mini battery powered light strand. 

I took one of the flower stems out and lightly sprayed it
with a gold webbing spray paint I had in my stash.
So glad I tested it first, I did not like it at all.
I think a subtle gold shimmer spray would be pretty on it.

Word art I created to fit into a small gold frame.

Here is the png file if you'd like it:

The square frame is one I've had for such a long time.
I made a rubber stamped art piece in it when I first
discovered rubber stamping in the year 2000.
I had it on display for a few years,
then took it down and there it sat, in a box of forgotten old frames
for far too long. It is the perfect size for a 4"x4" photo !

Bonus project

Paper cast heart that I painted gold details on 
and added the word "love" die cut from gold card stock.
I bought many of these paper cast molds years ago
when they were a somewhat popular craft, 
It's been some time since I've made one!
The gold elastic loop and ribbon were hot glued on.
Originally I thought I was going to attach this
around the neck of the vase, but decided I didn't like it.
 I added a gold metallic paper ribbon bow instead.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Patriotic Three Challenge Card and I'm A Top Pick !

It's no April Fool's Day Joke:
I'm happy to say that I was a Top Three Winner at Cardz 4 Guyz blog !
The Challenge was TRANSPORT,
that is an easy one for me since I make cards
with car images on them often.
Click Here to see all of the 
fabulous design team projects as well
as the many wonderful submissions.

I just found out about this blog a week ago
while visiting another that had a link to it.
I had to jump right in with that Transport challenge.
The new challenge at the Cardz 4 Guyz blog is

Here is a card I came up with .
I ended up creating this particular card
to also work with two challenges currently at
Follow the links above to see many great card designs.

Trying to show the dimension the embossing folders made.
The stripes are a bit difficult to see.

Here is how my card fits the S challenge:
STARS embossing folder
STRIPES embossing folder
STRIPS of card stock
STITCHING done with my sewing machine
SKETCH challenge

I'll be donating this card to Operation Write Home.

Supplies used:
A patriotic stamp set from Stampin' Up!
(I believe the name of the set is Liberty For All)
Colored image directly to the rubber with water based markers
Stripes embossing folder , Stampin' Up!
Stars embossing folder, Cuttlebug
Red, White, Blue, Black and silver metallic card stocks
Thanks for looking =)