Friday, April 10, 2015

The Return of "Friday Night Writes"

Hi, everyone! When I first started blogging about my adventures in card making, I was working full time. So, I decided to post twice weekly -- on Fridays and on Mondays. This gave me the opportunity to share whatever I had worked on during the week and the weekend.

Retirement me finds myself struggling with balancing crafting and posting. So, I am going to relaunch my "Friday Night Writes" and "Monday Musings". That said, welcome to the first edition of the rebirth of "Friday Night Writes"!


A Favorite Island View
Well, I'm back on the island again. And, today has been such a wonderful day.

The morning began reading a wonderful novel for an hour or so down at the beach. Then hubby and I walked the beach and went out for a quick lunch. The afternoon included a post-lunch nap and settling in on the couch to watch a little of the Masters.

I've recently been thinking of the song "Something Good" from the Sound of Music when Maria wonders what she's done to experience such happiness. I wonder the same thing. The one thing I know for sure is that I'm so very grateful.

Card #1: Child's Play

My first card was inspired by the current Cards In Envy Child's Play challenge and by a card made by Lin at Scrapbook Art in Lewis Center at an Operation Write Home card-making party. When I first saw the CIE challenge, I immediately knew the card I wanted to CASE!

For my version, I decided to use different shades of pink, embossing my circles to create visual interest and texture. The wave at the bottom of the card was based upon the shape of the Word Art text, using a bendable ruler to replicate the shape for the card's layers.

Distress Ink core; Stampin' Up! gray
Sizzix and Cuttlebug embossing folders
Paper Shapers and Marvy circle punches
SU owl builder punch (for tiny hearts and gray circles)
My Favorite Things television dies (for antennae)
Darice googly eyes; SU baker's twine
computer-generated (Word Art) sentiment
adhesives: Scotch ATG, Glossy Accents, micro Glue Dots, Zig 2-way glue pen
Card #2: thanks so much

My second card was inspired by the current Mojo Monday Sketch. I've started playing along with the Mojo Monday Sketches to force myself experiment with more layers and embellishments than I typically use.  Think I'll also link this up to the current Simon Says Stamps Wednesday blog's April-Showers-Spring-Flowers Challenge.  :)

The Paper Smooches sentiment was masked off using sticky notes to stamp on two lines. I just don't have the heart to cut the sentiment in half.

MME breeze; Stampin' Up! grays; Recollections black; Cardstock Warehouse white
Paper Smooches sentiment from natural beauties in Distress Ink black soot
SU petite petals image in DI black soot on DI mustard seed
punches: SU petite petals; Paper Shaper & Marvy circle punches
SU baker's twine; adhesives: Scotch ATG, Scrapbbok Adhesives foam squares
Parting Thoughts

My thanks to Leslie and the Shopping Our Stash gals for teaming up with our The Earth Has Music Challenge at Words 2 Scrap By. You have until Monday night to link up a card for SOS #196 and until April 21 to link up a card -- maybe the same card -- to W2SB #16


Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!  Have a lovely weekend.  See you at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog tomorrow and back here on Monday  :)


  1. hello Sybrina! your cards are super sweet, we are so glad you played along with Mojo Monday....I fixed your link.

    have a great weekend...sparkle & shine!

  2. Is that embossing I see on that one card? Did you take your Big Shot to HH with you? It's adorable!

  3. Both fabulous cards Syprina, a lovely design with the cute caterpillar. A gorgeous design and colour scheme. Your flowered background is such pretty and great details!!

    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,
    Heather xx

  4. Your card for our Child's Play challenge is so cute! Love that cute purple catepillar! Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

    Sandy’s Crafty Creations Blog

  5. What an adorable catepillar! So dang cute with those googly eyes. Thanks for sharing on the Cards in Envy Challenge. I would have a hard time focusing on crafting with that view you have...just beautiful!

  6. Oh gosh I am a sucker for googly eyes! Your caterpillar is just so darn cute! Thank you for sharing with us at Cards in Envy! I hope you join us again soon!

  7. super cute caterpillar, love the embossing!!! Thank you for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!