Its been another busy, hectic, stressful few weeks. My daughter, who left for California, had to return home due to some medical issues. She is facing probable surgery and recovery time before she can return. Thanks to the stress of all of that, my afib has been in full force and my kidney stone decided to act up the other day also!
The good news is that it is a beautiful sunny day today and I am in my craft room. I’ve made a few cards this week and this is one of them…
Its been a crazy time lately. Lots of changes have been happening, including sending my youngest daughter off to California for 18 months. My oldest daughter is now renting our basement apartment so we have been helping her set that up. We are also beginning to remodel the main floor of our home so chaos is the best way to describe things! So I haven’t had a lot of energy left over to post on my blog but I’m hoping to change that. I’ve still been making cards and listing them in my Etsy shop, but just haven’t posted any.
Here’s a couple of cute new baby cards I made yesterday.
The pictures aren’t great due to the gloominess of the weather outside! Its actually snowing outside today! Ahh…springtime in Utah!
The cards were very simple to make. I chose some patterned paper to use for the stroller and also for the background.
I embossed some white cardstock with dots to give some texture to the cards. I love embossing folders, they add so much interest to a card.
I added a bow to the stroller and also some enamel dots to the wheels. For the sentiment I stamped a simple “Congratulations” and finished it off with an enamel heart.
It won’t be long until St. Patrick’s Day is here. It’s not a huge card giving day but since so many of us aren’t out and about visiting people like we used to, sending a card is a great way to keep in touch.
My mother was born and raised in Ireland and I remember going over to Ireland as a child to visit my Grandma. My mum moved from Ireland to Scotland when she married my dad, but every St. Patrick’s Day her brother would send her a package containing a bunch of things from home.
For my family, we always have corned beef hash on St. Patrick’s Day and I always think of my mum.
This is a cute slimline St. Patrick’s Day card that I made yesterday.
I used a stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh, a slimline die from Whimsy stamps and some paper from Photoplay.
I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers. I used some distress oxide inks to add some shading to the edges of the white paper.
I layered the papers and propped up the center panel with some foam tape.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here, sorry about that. There’s been so much going on I our lives that I just didn’t have the motivation. I will try to do better.
My oldest daughter changed jobs so now she’s working from home. So we had to get an office ready for her. My youngest daughter is leaving for 18 months so we’ve had lots to do to get her ready. Then throw in the usual health issues and also some kidney stones…it’s been a lot!
I’ve still been making cards so I do have a few to share. Yesterday I got some stamps from a company that was new to me so I’ll share one of the cards I made with one of their stamps.
I love sunflowers so I had to get this stamp. It was a very simple card to make.
For the background I created some clouds with a cloud stencil and some blue distress oxide inks.
I then used some copic markers to color the flowers. Three shades of yellow, three shades of green and two shades of brown. It really didn’t take very long.
The stamp set come with 2 sentiments so I chose “You are my sunshine”. I used to sing that song to my girls when they were little.
I matted the card in black cardstock and adhered everything to a white card base and the card was done!
I hope all is well with you. I will try very hard to post more often now that things are settling down for us.
How are you? We have been enjoying unseasonably mild weather for January, but it looks like all of that is going to change this weekend with snow on the way.
I’ve been so busy with my Etsy shop, mostly with paper hearts. Lots and lots of people have been ordering, which is great, but I haven’t had much time to create anything new! So last night I was determined to create something with some of the new stamps I got a few weeks ago.
This is one of the cards…
I love this little puppy. It’s a stamp set by Penny Black called “Happy Heart Day”.
I stamped and colored the image on some white cardstock. I used a die set from MFT stamps called stitched mod rectangle stax die-namics. I then layered it with some patterned paper.
I used some adhesive foam to add some dimension to the layers.
So that’s it for today. I hope to be able to have the time to share some more cards soon.
I’ve been working on Valentine cards, trying to get through the January blues. Do you deal with that? The holidays are over and we are in the midst of winter. This year with the pandemic going on and all the unrest in the world, it seems worse than usual. So I’ve been trying to do things that lift my spirits. This little monkey makes me smile.
This die set is from Cottage Cutz. I love their dies. They have so many cute ones for all occasions. I cut the monkey and branch from brown cardstock and everything else from white cardstock.
For the white pieces, I colored them with alcohol markers. I then glued the pieces together.
For the background I used a background die from Simon Says Stamp. I matted that in red and adhered everything together.
I attached it to a white card base and then stamped “Happy Valentines Day”. It all came together very quickly.
I hope this finds you well and I will see you next time!
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away! I am not ready. I haven’t finished my shopping and I haven’t even felt like it’s the Christmas season this year. We’ve been watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music but it all just feels weird this year. I know it will all fall into place and we will have a nice Christmas, but this whole years has just been strange!
We decorated last week and this year we just put up a small tree. We are remodeling and things are a mess. When we go our our yearly RV trips, I buy ornaments from the places we visit. I love to add them to the tree and it always brings up fun memories from our trips.
So, on to card making! I’m pretty much done with making Christmas cards so I’ve been moving on and playing with a few new stamps sets that I haven’t been able to use yet. This set is from mft stamps and it’s been out for a while, but I just picked it up recently.
For the front panel, I used a bubble background stamp from Hero Arts. I then die cut out a circle and added a frame.
For the background I used some ocean themed paper that I had in my stash and then I die cut some white card stock with a die I have that looks like fish scales and I layered that on top. I then adhered that to the front panel.
I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers and then glued them into the circle.
For the sentiment I stamped “You are mermazing” and propped that up on some foam strips. I added a little heart and then matted everything in navy card stock. I adhered it to a white card base.
I think it turned out cute and it’s a nice change from Christmas cards!
I knew it had been a while since I had posted, but didn’t realize how long it had been. We’ve had a lot going on health-wise in our family but I think we are back on track. One of my daughters and I suffer from chronic health issues and once in a while they flare up.
I hope that for those of you that celebrate, that you had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was very nice but very quiet with just the four of us. I actually prefer that in some ways. Much less pressure!
I’ve been making lots of card in between everything that’s going on. Mostly Christmas cards. Today I’m sharing a shaker card that I made yesterday.
I die cut the window in the cars front and then added some acetate. I then covered the back with a double row of foam tape.
I added some snowflake and sequin embellishments and then covered the window with snowflake paper.
The snowman die is from Cottagw Cutz and it’s one of my favorites this year. I die cut him in white and then used alcohol markers to color his hat, scarf, nose and buttons.
I used a white gel pen to add dots and stripes to his hat and scarf and also added some highlights to his buttons and eyes.
I stamped the sentiment and adhered the snowman and then added everything to a light blue card base.