Hello

Hello everyone. How are you enjoying your summer? It’s been so hot here in Utah with record breaking heat. I have to say I’m looking forward to fall and cooler temperatures!

We had a few days away in Colorado which was really fun…until we were almost home and our truck broke down 30 minutes from home! We managed to crawl to our mechanic and we are waiting on the news of what is wrong. Hopefully nothing super expensive! The truck is only a few years old so it’s frustrating. It seems we can’t have a trip without something happening lately.

Colorado was beautiful. We stayed in Montrose and visited the Victorian mining towns of Ouray, Telluride and Silverton. we did some shopping, rode in a stagecoach and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

Telluride
Silverton
They call this part of Colorado the Switzerland of America. I think you can see why!

Yesterday was the first day I managed to get into my craft room and this is the card I made.

It turned out quite different from how I had planned it. I had an ink blended background which I ended up smudging once I had stamped the sentiment on it. So I went with patterned paper instead.

This stamp set is from My Favorite Things and I think it’s so cute…especially the chicken and the cow being carried away with their balloons!

I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers. I then used a slimline die from Trinity Stamps and cut some patterned paper and layered that with foam to add some dimension.

For the insides of the squares I ink blended some clouds and grass and added some splatters. I adhered all the images and layered more patterned paper.

I added everything to a 9” x 4” white card base and the card was complete! Some cards come together really quickly and others, like this one, give you a lot of trouble. In the end I like how it turned out.

I hope all is well with you. See you next time!

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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

Good morning

It’s a cold morning. We had a cold front come through yesterday and the temperatures dropped by about 30 degrees. It was getting quite warm so it’s nice to have a break. We are remodeling our home so yesterday the new kitchen cabinets were delivered and my husband had to get them in the house fast, in between rain showers, so they didn’t get wet. Not an easy feat since there was 1700lbs on the pallets!!! He did it but was pretty exhausted last night…and his back isn’t too happy. He does have a moving dolly which helps but it was still a huge job.

I’ve been back in the craft room a little more. I’ve been making some cards and also working on some wood projects. Here’s one of the cards I made…

Every time I make a card with a train I think of my youngest brother! Growing up in Scotland, we rode trains a lot. Now that I live in Utah, I haven’t been in a train in years. My brother loves trains. He loved them as a child and still loves them. I’m not sure exactly what he does but he takes miniature model trains and fixes them up and makes them more realistic I think. He travels (pre-covid) to train shows etc. So anything to do with trains reminds me of him and this card was no exception.

This stamp is from http://whimsystamps.com . Don’t you love it? I love how large it is and how whimsical it is. It’s perfect for a slimline card, which is what I made.

I colored it with copic markers and attached it to a background that I had created with cloud and hill stencils from http://mftstamps.com .

I love the big sentiment that is included with the stamp set!

It was my birthday last week and I got crafty money!! So I bought a lot of new goodies that I will be using over the next little while. I told myself I was going on a crafty spending freeze…that didn’t last long at all!!

As always you can find my cards in my Etsy shop here: http://www.jasmineblossomcrafts.com

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next time.

Who doesn’t love gnomes?!

I wanted to make a cheerful card yesterday, there’s been so much stress going on. I chose this gnome from a set from MFT. He makes me smile.

I chose a frame die that I have as the focal point and cut that from white cardstock.

I stamped and colored the gnome and the other images. I used copic markers for the coloring.

For the background I chose some rainbow stripes from a paper pack from Photoplay.

I adhered everything together and I was happy with the final result. Bright and cheery…that’s what I was going for.

You can check out my cards in my shop here: http://www.jasmineblossomcrafts.etsy.com

I hope you are having a good day! See you next time.

Happy New Year!

I’ve been horrible at updating my blog lately so I’m hoping that now that the holidays have passed, I can get into a better routine.

How were your holidays? We had a very quiet, but nice time. I’ve been trying to get into my craft room to make a card at least once a day.

The one I’m going to share today is a birthday card.

For this one I used a candle die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I chose to make the card very colorful so I cut the candles from rainbow colors and layered those over white cardstock.

For the background I used some rainbow diagonal striped patterned paper on the top and I embossed some white cardstock with stars for the bottom.

I matted it with navy cardstock and adhered it to white card base.

You can check out my shop here: http://www.jasmineblossomcrafts.etsy.com

See you next time!

Snowy Day

We’ve had snow showers in and off all day. Thankfully it’s not sticking to the ground but it’s definitely a reminder that winter is just around the corner.

The card I’m going to share today fits in with the snow theme.

I got the semi circle stitched dies from Sunny Studio Stamos and I love it…I’m sure you will see lots of cards using this die in the future! I combined it with the Snow Buddies stamp set from MFT Stamps.

I used the die to cut some white paper. For the middle piece of the die I used distress oxide inks and then splattered it with some water and then some perfect pearls to give it some texture and a little bit of shimmer.

I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers. I then cut them with my scan n cut.

For the front of the card, I stamped some snowflakes with versamark ink Alan’s heat embossed it with clear embossing powder for a subtle effect. It’s hard to see in the pictures.

I added some foam tape to the back of the white panel and added it to some navy card-stock. I then adhered it to a white card base. I inserted the blue background and used some liquid glue to secure it and then used the same liquid glue to add the images. I then stamped the sentiment on navy card stock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

I love this stamp set and and I love this die, so I’m thrilled with how the card came out.

You can find the stamp set at http://mftstamps.com

You can find the die at http://sunnystudiostamps.com

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

See you soon!

Birthday cards

A week or so ago we drove up into the mountains to see the fall leaves…unfortunately most of the leaves were gone already but it was so beautiful anyway. We even saw a little snow. Here’s some pictures:

Today I made a few birthday cards using a stamp set from Penny Black and some dies from MFT.

I handstamped the images and used my copic markers for coloring.

I cut the images out and layered them on some patterned paper.

I used the dies from MFT to create a nice edge and then stamped the sentiment. I finished off the cards by adding an enamel heart.

Which one is your favorite? I think I like the one with the little girl holding the balloons the best.

Cake and wishes stamp set: http://pennyblackinc.com/display_item.php?PID=7836&CAT=RStransparentsets

Stitch, scallop basic edge die: https://mftstamps.com/products/stitched-scallop-basic-edges-die-namics?_pos=1&_sid=5668c9463&_ss=r

My shop: jasmineblossomcrafts.etsy.com

See you soon!

Butterflies

I love butterflies. We have had a swallow tail butterfly hanging around our yard for a little while. Some people believe that when a butterfly is near, a loved one from the other side is saying hello. Its nice to think that could be true.

Today I made a couple of cards featuring butterflies. Both of them were made in the same way although I made the backgrounds different.

For this one I stamped the butterflies and the sentiment in black versafine ink and then used clear emobossing powder and heat set it. Then I cut masks and covered the butterflies and then used a striped stencil and three shades of distress inks to create the background. I used Arteza real brush markers to color the butterflies. I then framed the main panel with black cardstock to make it pop and adhered it to a white card base.

This card was made the same way, just using a different sentiment and a different stencil. I used 3 shades of purple distress inks for the background.

I used the stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Beautiful Butterflies: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Simon-Says-Clear-Stamps-BEAUTIFUL-BUTTERFLIES-sss202086-sss202086?currency=USD

Echo Park Easter Floral Stencil: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Echo-Park-EASTER-FLORAL-6-x-6-Stencil-ew174033-ew174033

Arteza real brush markers: https://www.amazon.com/Watercolor-Painting-Flexible-Coloring-Calligraphy/dp/B01N9IY5QF/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&hvadid=77996631774983&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=arteza+watercolor+pens&qid=1592444912&sr=8-5&tag=mh0b-20

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

See you next time!

Hanging with my gnomies!

Today I used a stamp set from MFT that I have used before, but I love it so much. Its a set called “Hanging with my gnomies”. Here’s the card:

I created the background using some die cuts from Elizabeth Craft Designs and also ink blended the sky using a cloud stencil from MFT.

I stamped the images of the gnomes and ladybugs and colored them using copic markers. I then cut them out using the coordinating dies.

I stamped the sentiment and then layered the scene and glued it all together. I framed the panel with some black cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.

Here is a list of some of the supplies I used for this card:

Hanging with my gnomies stamp set: https://mftstamps.com/products/bb-hanging-with-my-gnomies?_pos=1&_sid=4a4c13ea6&_ss=r

Hanging with my gnomies die set: https://mftstamps.com/products/bb-hanging-with-my-gnomies-die-namics?_pos=3&_sid=4a4c13ea6&_ss=r

Adventure edges: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/adventure-edges-1

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

See you soon!

Punny cards

I went shopping today and picked up some new stamp sets…not that I needed any more but you know how it is! I bought a few stamps and dies from Photoplay and I made a card with them today.

I’m not a big joke person…and I don’t think I’m very funny, but I love a good pun! My brothers and my daughters all got the funny gene. These stamps are quite small but there are a lot of them in the set and it was nice to make a clean and simple card.

I started by stamping the image in memento tuxedo black ink and then colored it with copic markers. I used the matching dies to cut it out. I then used some Gina K. dye ink and brushed on some color to the center of the panel. I propped up the image with some foam pads and then stamped the sentiment which reads “I’m your biggest fan”.

I added some navy cardstock to frame the panel with and then adhered it all to an A2 cardbase.

Here’s some of the items I used for the card:

Photo Play No Pun Intended stamp set: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/ppp-npi9479.html?w=photo+play+no+pun+intended+stamps

Photo Play No Pun intended die set: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/ppp-npi9480.html?w=photo+play+no+pun+intended+stamps

Memento Tuxedo black ink pad: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/gb-tsmp900.html

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