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.

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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.

Hello!

My daughter had surgery last week. She’s doing well now and we are hoping that the surgery will fix the issues she has had. She is hoping to head back to California as soon as she can. There’s been a lot of stress, naturally. That means that in addition taking care of my daughter, my body has to react to the stress. So I’ve been dealing with all kinds of issues which has slowed me down quite a bit this week. I get so frustrated when I can’t do the things I need or want to do. Do any of you deal with health issues that slow you down? I feel so useless sometimes.

I haven’t been able to get into the craft room much but here’s a card I managed to squeeze in.

This was pretty easy as I was just using some paper elements from Hunkydory.

All of it is just made from layering their beautiful papers.

If you look closely you can see that I have layered certain areas of the card to give it dimension. This is a Hunkydory decolarge kit which provides all of these pieces which makes it so easy to put a card together.

I also love the foiling on their papers. If you are new to cardmaking, this is a great way to start. I got my kit at http://www.paperwishes.com

I love the flowers and springtime feel in this card. For Mother’s Day I usually get some flowers to plant so I’ve been filling my planters here and there when I feel up to it. I love to look out and see beautiful flowers. They make me happy

I hope this post finds you well. I’d love to hear about how you handle chronic health issues and the anxiety that goes along with it, if that something you deal with. I’d love to hear from you in general so send me a message!

You can find my cards in my Etsy shop here: http://www.jasmineblossomcrafts.etsy.com

See you next time!

Crazy times…

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…

I used the stamp set “Polynesian Paradise” from myfavoritethings.com .

For the background I used distress oxide inks and an oval stencil. I used 3 colors – kitsch flamingo, squeezed lemonade and spice marmalade.

I stamped the images and cut them out with my scan n cut and then colored them with copic markers. I attached them to the card and then stamped the sentiment “Hello, Sunshine”.

All being well I hope to be back soon with another card. I hope this finds you all well.

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

See you next time!

Good start to the day

I have a birthday coming up, a big birthday! Its tomorrow. This morning there were some flowers delivered to me from one of my best friends who I don’t get to see much anymore since we moved away. All of my close friends live far away. Its hard at times. Anyway, the flowers are beautiful. My friend chose my favorite colors and it was a wonderful start to the day.

Then one of my brothers, who lives in Scotland, messaged me to set up a time to video chat tomorrow. So, I’m looking forward to that.

Every few days lately, people line our neighborhood streets with their children and a parade of cars goes by. The cars are decorated by the local teachers and they are able to wave to their students as they drive by. Its so heartwarming.

So, onto a card! This one took a while. Mostly because when I stamped the sentiment at the end, I smeared the ink. So I had to try to remove the stamped images to put onto another background. I did okay until I got the the house and then I ripped it. So I had to redo the house completely. It all turned out ok in the end and I love it.

For this card I used the stamp set “Hanging with my gnomies” from My Favorite Things. I love this stamp set, there are so many images and so many possiblities with it. So I chose the image of the house, the lady gnome and the gnome holding flowers. I also used a couple of the lady bug images. I stamped those images on to Neenah Classic Crest Solar white 80lb cardstock with Memento Tuxedo black ink. I then colored them with copic and spectrum noir alchohol markers.

For the background I used a stencil from Simon Says Stamp for the clouds and then die cut some green cardstock for the grass with Honey Bee grass edge die. I then stamped the sentiment “To gnome you is to love you”. I then glued everything onto the card using art glitter glue. I framed the panel with some light blue cardstock and adhered it to an A2 size card base.

Despite the trouble I had, it was worth the effort and I think it turned out so cute!

A quick update on our baby birds….they are growing SO fast! All three look very healthy.

I hope you are all well. See you next time!

Here is a list of some of the items I used in my card:

Hanging with my gnomies stamp set: https://mftstamps.com/collections/new/products/bb-hanging-with-my-gnomies

Sending sunshine stencil: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Simon-Says-Stencils-CLOUDS-FOR-DAYS-ssst121423-Sending-Sunshine-ssst121423?currency=USD

Grass edge die: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/hbs-hbds-gb.html

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb cardstock: https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Crest-Solar-White-Cover/dp/B000I20NWK/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1NR4OTTQOUYI6&dchild=1&keywords=neenah+classic+crest+solar+white+cardstock+80lb&qid=1589562463&sprefix=neenah+classic+crest+solar%2Caps%2C284&sr=8-2

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad: https://www.scrapbookpal.com/tsukineko-memento-full-size-dye-inkpad-tuxedo-black/

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