Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Happy 2021

Hello and welcome!

Wrapping up the year with this fun New Year's card to be sent to my fun cardmaking friend, Joan.

 

The festive frog is from SugarPea's Everyday Is Christmas stamp set. It is one of my favorite sets with so many uses year round. The "happy" is a die cut by Die Versions. The numbers are CutUps by The Cats Pajamas. This card is based on a sketch on the SugarPeas blog.

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Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY NEW YEAR at long last,

-June


Sunday, December 27, 2020

Butterfly Thank You Card

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Making thank you notes for all the generous Christmas gifts this year.


The Thank You die is from Simon Says Stamp (czd74). The glittery gold frame is a Nestabilities by Spellbinders. The sparkly butterfly is a die by Cheery Lynn. The background was created with acrylic paint applied with a brayer.

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Thank you for stopping by. Happy holidays!

-June

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Merry Christmoose Tag

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Gifts always look so much more festive with homemade tags on them.


I used Memory Box's Stitched Circle trees and Poppy Stamp's Whittled Moose dies on this tag along with white glitter and gold metallic papers.

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  • Memory Box Challenge #67 "Trees"
             
             

Thanks for stopping by. Happy holidays!

-June

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Jolly Santa Card

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Love this time of the year when I can bring out some of my favorite stamp sets and create. I made this fun card for my son to send to one of his friends.

I used Gina K.'s Season's Greetings stamp set, which is one of my favorites for the holidays. For the Gina K tic-tac-toe challenge I used the 1st column: circle die cut - heat embossing - vellum.

This card is entered in:

  • The "Celebrate!" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays,

-June


Twin Snowmen Card

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I found some fun left over backgrounds and dies cuts in a box, so I decided to create with them. Here is a card I created for my teenage son to send to his friend:


The fun die cuts are Simon Says Stamp's Picture Book Snowman.

This card is entered in:

  • The "Celebrate!" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays,

-June


Fun Tag

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I found a box of "left over" card pieces and decided to start creating with them. Here is a fun tag:


 Gerda Steiner's All Cats stamp set was use to create the kitty and bird. They were colored with Zig watercolor markers.

This tag is entered in:

  • The "Celebrate!" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays,

-June

Saturday, December 19, 2020

A Beary Merry Christmas

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It is getting down to the wire for mailing Christmas cards. This card is going to a very dear friend who could use a smile.


I used My Favorite Things adorable Bitty Bears stamp set and colored them Zig watercolor markers. This card is based a sketch and color combination from the MFT blog.

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  • The "Ice Cold" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a merry Christmas,

-June

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

November COVID Chronicles

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We knew a second wave of the virus was coming, but we did not expect this! A month ago we didn't know anyone with COVID-19; now we know several. We are still safe and staying home, but it is wearing. Pandemic fatigue is real.


I used Photo Play's Living The Quarantine Life collection and added some sequins.

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Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe,

-June


Sunday, December 6, 2020

Yay It's Your Birthday!

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December is a big month for parties here at the Swart household, as we are not only getting ready for Christmas, but we celebrate Aaron's and Shara's birthdays! Here is a fun card I created for Shara:


I used My Favorite Things "Yay For You" stamp set and circle dies. The pattern papers are "Birthday Wishes" by Echo Park. The sequins are by Simon Says Stamp. This card is based on a sketch and inspired by the color combo from the My Favorite Things blog.

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Thank for stopping by,

-June

Sunday, November 29, 2020

June Covid Chronicles

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In June the pandemic took a backseat to the riots after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We live only 12 miles from there. It was scary with all the violence so close. Several days after things calmed down, we drove downtown to see what happened and try to get a better understanding of the situation (but avoided the epicenter out of respect). Here is what we saw...


The quote "I Can't Breathe" will take on a powerful new meaning for years to come. The brick, peace and bird chipboard is by Creative Embellishments. I painted the chipboard with spray mists. This page's colors were inspired by a mood photo at Creative Embellishments.

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Thanks for stopping by,

-June

Sunday, November 15, 2020

May COVID Chronicles

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This page documents some of the ways our lives changed in just a few months. I am thankful that I can still meet with my girlfriends through zoom calls.


I used Photo Play's Living The Quarantine Life collection. This page is based on sketch by Rochelle Spears and inspired by Stacy's tic-tac-toe challenge. I used the last column: word balloons, 2 photos and ephemera.

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                               NOV.  2020 SCRAP WITH STACY CHALLENGE

Thanks for stopping by,

-June

So Very Thankful

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This is a photo from our Thanksgiving last year. It was the first one with Shara being an official member of the family! We were also excited to have Aaron back for a visit from college in Wisconsin. A lot to be thankful for.


This page is entered in:

  • The "Thankful" November challenge at Scrap Our Stash
               
              

Thanks for stopping by,

-June

Sunday, October 25, 2020

September COVID Chronicles

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Not sure why this virus has become a political issue, but it sure has! Mask wearers vs. non-maskers. It is crazy and people are gong to extremes. I can't wait until after the Presidential election in November when things will (hopefully) settle down.


It was fun using some of my 4th of July stash to create this page. This layout is based on a sketch from Rochelle Spears blog. It is also inspired by Stacy's tic-tac-toe challenge. I used the third column: word stickers, 1 photo, and ink.

This page is entered in:

              
               OCT.  2020 SCRAP WITH STACY CHALLENGE
  • The "Not a Card" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp
  • The "Layer It Up" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by,

-June

April COVID Chronicles

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These are some of the strangest times and so many things are changing. It is so important to document events now. Jeff had never worked from home before March 2020. Now he rarely goes back to the office and working from home may be the "new reality." Aaron was home from college for spring break and then couldn't go back to campus, having to finish the term online at home.


I used Photo Play's "Living The Quarantine Life" collection for this layout. This page was inspired by a mood on Scrap Our Stash blog.

This page is entered in:

               
  • The "Layer It Up" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by,

-June

Monday, September 28, 2020

August COVID Chronicles

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It has been hard for me to be creative during these difficult times. My blog posts are way down. But I am determined to get at least my monthly COVID chronicles done. So here is my layout for August:


This page is about mandatory mask wearing and dropping Aaron off at college. Photo Play's Living The Quarantine Life collection has made creating this page easy and fun. And Rochelle's and Stacy's challenges added the inspiration I desperately needed to finish the layout. Thanks ladies!!

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Thanks for stopping by,

-June

March COVID Chronicles

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I am documenting the changes my family is going through each month. Here is March 2020, the first month when everything changed!



Who would have guessed that we would be so thankful for toilet paper?! I used Photo Play's Living The Quarantine Life collection for this page. The cute TP pups are stamps by The Cat's Pajamas.

 This page is entered in:

              
  • The "Add a Photo" Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp

 Thanks for stopping by,

-June

Saturday, August 15, 2020