How is your summer going?

I hope that your summer is going well. Since I am in the western United States, we are experiencing very hot temperatures and extreme drought conditions. I used to love summer but since the onset of hot flashes about 8 years ago, I find the heat harder to tolerate. So spring and fall are my favorite seasons now!! Maybe once (if ever!) the hot flashes go away, I will be able to enjoy summer again. I do love the sunny days and blue skies but I am very thankful for my air conditioner indoors!

It’s been a busy summer so far with lots of things going on. My youngest daughter came home from California and had her surgery and she’s feeling much better now, but has decided not to go back to California. She’s been job hunting and has ended up taking a job with the company she worked with before, just at a different location. She should start there soon, probably next week.

My oldest daughter changed jobs too and is now working for a different Credit Union. She’s enjoying it so far.

We took a weekend trip over memorial weekend which unfortunately was cut short due to me having kidney stone pain. This stone has been flaring up for 4 months and finally it passed. Hopefully I’ll be free of stones for a while! We saw some interesting things during the 24 hours we were away – the western Utah desert isn’t the most picturesque area, but it has a beauty of its own. Here’s a couple of pictures.

This is the remnants of an old fort.
An old hermits cave built into the mountain side.
So desolate.

Now onto card making! I’m still in my craft room as much as I can be. Today I’m sharing a very clean and simple card using a stamp by Art Impressions.

Basically I stamped the image and then colored it with alcohol markers. I then stamped the sentiment quite close to the image in black.

I matted it with a dark navy card-stock and adhered it to a white card base. Sometimes simple is good! These ladies make me laugh!

I’ve also been working on some wood projects and got started on Halloween!! These wooden blocks are perfect for tiered trays or can be tucked in with your other holiday decor on your shelves.

We hope to be heading out for a short trip to Colorado in a couple of weeks. Hopefully that will go smoothly! I hope you are having a wonderful summer. See you next time.

My shop: http://www.jasmineblossomcrafts.etsy.com

Rainy weekend

On Friday it was our first 100 degree day this year. By yesteday it was 45 degrees! Welcome to Utah!! Its still cold and cloudy today but it should be warming up again later in the week.

One of the best ways for me to spend a rainy afternoon is in my craftroom making a card. I didn’t really think about it when I chose which stamp set I was going to use, but I guess I was missing the sunshine!

This card was made using the “Every day is a picnic” stamp set from MFT. I also used their “Spring Whimsy” 6×6 paper pad.

I started by stamping the images on Neenah 80lb cardstock and colored them with copic markers. I cut the images with the coordinating dies. I then cut a heart using recollections heart die set. I also cut a 2″ strip of white cardstock and stamped the sentiment on that.

I then layered the papers and sentiment strip and then adhered the images using art glitter glue. I glued it all to an A2 sized card base and we were done.

Here is a list of some of the items I used in making this card.

Every day is a picnic stamp set: https://mftstamps.com/products/bb-every-day-is-a-picnic?_pos=1&_sid=62421b828&_ss=r

Every day is a picnic die set: https://mftstamps.com/products/bb-every-day-is-a-picnic-die-namics?_pos=2&_sid=62421b828&_ss=r

Spring whimsy paper pad: https://mftstamps.com/products/spring-whimsy-paper-pack?_pos=1&_sid=fd4578bcd&_ss=r

Recollections heart cutting dies: https://www.michaels.com/heart-cutting-dies-by-recollections/10624787.html

My shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jasmineblossomcrafts

See you next time!

Friendship

One of the benefits of people staying home more than usual is that some of us have spare

time that they didn’t have before.  My best friend in Scotland is usually so busy that we don’t have much time to talk, but in the last few weeks we’ve found that we’ve been calling each other more than we have in a long time.  Don’t get me wrong, we have always stayed in touch, its just that the calls are more frequent now, and I’m grateful for that. 

So this card reminds me of friendship and I am so grateful for my best friend who has been in my life since I was 17 years old.  Even though we are thousands of miles apart, I know that she is there whenever I need her. 

This is a stamp set from MFT called Magical friends.  I stamped the images and colored them with alcohol markers.  For the background I used the MFT mini cloud edge stencil with Distress Oxide inks in broken china.  I cut the grass with the Honey Bee Stamps grass border die and added dimension to one layer with 3M foam tape.  I hope you like it! 

Some of the supplies I used for this card are listed here:

Magical Friends stamp set:
https://mftstamps.com/products/bb-magical-friends?_pos=1&_sid=68b58cee8&_ss=r

Mini Cloud Edge Stencil:
https://mftstamps.com/products/mini-cloud-edges-stencil?_pos=1&_sid=27fe1b491&_ss=r

Grass Border die:
https://honeybeestamps.com/products/grass-border-honey-cuts-steel-dies?_pos=1&_sid=16a7d60c2&_ss=r

My shop is here:
www.etsy.com/shop/jasmineblossomcrafts