Well we had a lot of excitement yesterday when we woke up to a 5.7 magnitude earthquake here in Utah! It was pretty scary. It first sounded like thunder, or a sonic boom and then everything started rolling and shaking for about 30 seconds. We had many aftershocks throughout the day which kept everyone on edge. I have only felt minor earthquakes during my 28 years in Utah. This really frightened me, so much so that I ended up with an episode of atrial fibrillation. Those that deal with afib know how uncomfortable and scary those episodes can be. So it was not a fun day and I didn’t get anything done. Today things are much quieter and I am now in my craft room ready to start creating some more cards.
Here’s a card I did the other day. Its another Easter card and I love how it turned out.
I used the Egg Painting Bunny die from Cottage Cutz. I cut him from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb cardstock and colored everything with a mixture of copic and spectrum noir alcohol markers. I then glued all the pieces together. For the background I used another piece of the same cardstock cut to 4″x5-1/4″. I used a stencil from Tim Holtz layering stencils called speckles and used distress oxide inks to create the paint “splatters”. I used a strip of colorful dotted cardstock from my stash to ground the bunny some. The sentiment came from a stamp set by Darcie Heater called “Happy Mail”. I layered that panel with some blue cardstock and adhered it to a white card base cut from Recollections white 110lb cardstock. I hope you like it!
We said goodbye to my friend on Saturday. It was a beautiful service. Its hard to believe she is really gone and I will miss her a lot.
I’ve made a few cards over the last few days. Its been very stressful here with many different things to deal with, not to mention the stress over the coronavirus. So crafting helps me relax.
As I said in my last post, I am really enjoying using dies lately. This Easter card I made uses a die from Cottage Cutz and features a little bunny hitching a ride in a truck full of carrots!
I die cut the pieces for the truck, bunny and carrots from Neenah Classic Crest Solar white 80lb card stock and colored all the pieces with copic or spectrum noir alcohol markers. I then glued all the pieces together with Art glitter glue. I then cut the grass with a die from Honey Bee stamps. The background is a paper from Bo Bunny which I glued to the card base. I make my card bases from 110lb white recollections paper. Then I stamped Happy Easter on the paper. I adhered the first layer of grass with Art glitter glue and the second layer of grass was propped up with 3M Scotch foam tape to give it some dimension. I glued the truck flat to the paper and added some carrots into the grass. I love how it turned out. I hope you like it too.
I hope that you aren’t too stressed with all thats going on in the world right now. I think a little kindness will go a long way.
You can find some of the supplies at the links below.
Today I lost one of my best friends. She passed away after a long battle with cancer. I have known her most of my life and was my “American mum”. I was nanny to her kids many years ago and she introduced me to my husband and I left Scotland and came to live a new life in the United States. My life would have been very different if Pat hadn’t been in it. She was a mother, sister and best friend all rolled into one. It will be hard going forward without her in my life.
I laid around most of the day, crying on and off and reflecting on the many years we shared as friends. I could almost hear her telling me to get up and do something. So I came into my craft room and made another card. Something cute and cheerful to try to bring me out of my sadness for a little while. Pat was my crafting buddy. She would be happy that I was able to create something, despite my sadness.
I have been enjoying using dies lately. So today I created this card featuring dies from Mama Elephant and Elizabeth Craft Designs.
I die cut the pieces of the elephant from Neenah Classic Crest solar white 80lb paper and colored them with hickory smoke and worn lipstick distress oxide inks. I then glued the pieces together with Art Glitter glue. I die cut the Happy Birthday from the same paper and glued 2 layers together and then added the third layer in colored cardstock from Recollections. The background paper is from Echo Park’s 6×6″ paper pad called “Happy Birthday”.