Its been a while! I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had posted on the blog. Life has been busy and I haven’t had a lot of time to make any cards. I did make a few yesterday and I’ve also started working on some wooden decor for Halloween!
Here’s one of the cards I made yesterday:
I used the stamp set “Space Explorer” from MFT. I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers.
For the background I used distress oxide inks and then I splattered it with water, then white paint and perfect pearls. I then adhered the images on to the background. I matted it with black cardstock and glued it to a white card base.
I then stamped the sentiment on some white paper and then added some distress ink to it to help it blend in more.
I hope those of you celebrating Fathers Day have a wonderful time. My husband is taking a well deserved break from work today and we will be having a barbecue tonight. I really appreciate how hard he works and looks after our family. I’m also thinking of my dad today. He has been gone for a long time. He was a good man and I still miss him.
Today I am sharing a card that I made using a new stamp set from MFT called “Best Fins”. There are so many cute images in this set that I decided to make a slimline card so I would have the room to use more of the images.
First of all I stamped my images and then colored them with copic markers. I then cut them out with the matching dies. I used a die from Trinity stamps for the front window and then I used distress oxide inks to color it. I splashed it with water and also some perfect pearls for some shine. I used foam tape behind the window panel to give it some dimension and then I framed it out in some navy cardstock.
For the background paper I used some from Mermaid tales by Echo Park. I framed it with navy cardstock. For the background of the “windows”, I used an embossing folder from Echo Park and shaded the edges with some faded jeans distress oxide ink.
I stamped the sentiment “Sending oceans of love” with Simon Says Stamp soft navy ink and then I glued all of the images onto the card.
Here are some links to some of the products I used for this card.
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’ve had a busy few days so haven’t had too much time for cardmaking. Yesterday I went to Michaels as I heard they had some copic ciao markers on clearance. I managed to get 49 of them. They are normally $5.99 each but these were on clearance for .97 cents! Such a great deal. I don’t have too many copic markers as they are so expensive, so this was a nice way to add to my collection.
As we left Michaels and were driving home, we noticed all of these wild poppies growing by the side of the road, so we had to stop and take a picture or two. I love poppies. Our last dog was called Poppy. I’ve never seen Poppies growing wild before so it was a treat.
Once I got home, I got some happy mail from Taylored Expressions. I was so excited to get some of their new patriotic release.
I was not born in America, but I love to make patriotic things! So thats the card I will be sharing today.
Basically I just layered patterned paper with a patriotic theme using a sketch from Mojo Monday #532. For the center panel I used the layering stencils from Taylored Expression to make the fireworks background. I just love how it looks. The sentiment is from Taylored Expression also and I stamped that with Simon Says Stamp soft navy ink and cut it with the matching dies. I added a ribbon on top and some die cut stars and that was it!
Here is a list of some of the items I used for the card.
I still haven’t been feeling the greatest but I was determined to work on something, so I made a couple of quick cards with the new stamp sets I got from Gerda Steiner Designs. The first card is made with the chicken scratch stamp set.
I stamped the images and then colored them with alcohol markers. I used a cloud edge stencil and distress oxide inks for the background and added some grass. I got a few ink spots on the card so I added some sequins to hide them.
For the 2nd card I used the Lovely Panda stamp set.
I stamped the image and sentiment on a Polaroid shaker frame die from MFT. I layered some cute papers and then used some adhesive foam to add some dimension to the image.
I’m hoping to work on more cards tomorrow. I’ve kind of lost my creative bug over the last few days but I’m hoping for improvement tomorrow!
I have atrial fibrillation. Its been an issue for 7 years and it gets more and more frequent. I’m averaging an episode every 10 days or so. I’m one of those lucky people that are debilitated by it. Some people have it and don’t even know. I am so symptomatic that I’m stuck on the couch until it stops. If I get up to go to the bathroom or to get something to eat, then my heart rate jumps even higher and I get dizzy etc. I’ve been wearing a heart monitor for 10 days and this is the 2nd episode its caught. Thats good. What’s bad is that the longer the episodes last the more I wonder if this is the time it won’t stop. So far I’m 8 hours into this one. My longest episode lasted 14 hours a few weeks ago. I’m praying I’ll go back into rythmn soon.
I’m bored. I’ve been watching Youtube video’s all day but I want to go make some cards! I got some new stamp sets from Gerda Steiner Designs on Saturday. I tried to make something with them yesterday but my creative juices weren’t flowing. Today I have lots of ideas but can’t do anything about it. I also have a package in the mail box from Simon Says Stamp with some more goodies that I want to play with, but I’ll have to wait until I feel better. It can take me a few days to bounce back from an afib episode, depending on how long they last or how bad the episode was. Hopefully I’ll be back in a day or so with a more cheerful post! I hope you are all well.
Before I left on our trip I ordered a few things from one of my favorite stamping stores “My Favorite Things”. The box was here when I got home so finally this afternoon I got to play with some of my new things. I chose the die set “Fishbowl Die-namics”. This is what I made.
Basically everything you see has been cut from colored cardstock and layered together. I added the white dots on the fish with a gel pen and added “grains of sand” with brown copic markers.
I also bought the sentiment stamp set that goes along with this and stamped “You’re Fin-tastic” to finish it off.
We had some rain earlier this morning and now the sun is trying to come out. I bought some cute fabric yesterday to make some face masks and those are in the washer right now. Its been hard to find elastic but I ordered a bunch from Etsy the other day and it should be here in a few days.
Yesterday I made a Mother’s Day card. Unfortunately my mother has been gone for a long time but she’s always in my thoughts, especially on days like Mother’s Day. I went through years of infertility and so for many years I hated Mother’s Day. I didn’t have a mother and I wasn’t able to be a mother. Finally we were able to adopt our daughters and my feelings towards Mother’s Day have changed dramatically! Here’s the card I made:
I love using embossing folders and dies..for this card I used both. Its a standard A2 sized card made from my usual Recollections Heavy Weight cardstock. I then embossed some white cardstock with an embossing folder from Darice called Flower Frenzy. I framed that with some blue cardstock. Then I used the dies from Sizzix…Flower set by Lisa Jones…and cut the pieces for the flowers.
I glued the leaves down flat to the paper and used some foam pads to give the flowers some dimension. I also cut some hearts from the die set and glued those down. For the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Mothers Day” from a stamp set by Hero Arts called “Happy Mom’s Day”. That completes the card!
I hope this Sunday morning finds you happy and well despite all of the challenges we have been facing.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days stamping, coloring and cutting images for cards. This way I will be able to put a card together more quickly…I hope!! Today I made a floral card on an embossed background. It was a pretty simple card to make. To start I embossed the… Continue reading Floral card
Its been a while! I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had posted on the blog. Life has been busy and I haven’t had a lot of time to make any cards. I did make a few yesterday and I’ve also started working on some wooden decor for Halloween! Here’s one of… Continue reading Where does the time go?
Today I decided to make a clean and simple card. I usually love to layer patterned paper but I wanted to challenge myself to do something a little more simple. I love how it turned out. I used a die from Simon Says Stamp called “Sunflower Frame” and cut it from white cardstock 3 times.… Continue reading Clean and simple cards
Despite all that is going on in the world and the challenges we all face in our daily lives, there are always things to be thankful for. This is something I have needed to be reminded of a lot lately as we are facing a lot of trials. So I made this simple card today.… Continue reading Feeling of thanks
We’ve had lots of wind and rain today…our temperatures have dropped significantly. Its kind of a relief from the hot sun, as long as it doesn’t linger! As usual, its been a busy week. My daughter deals with three chronic illnesses and we’ve had Dr’s appointments this week with more coming up. I didn’t get… Continue reading Stormy Sunday
I hope those of you celebrating Fathers Day have a wonderful time. My husband is taking a well deserved break from work today and we will be having a barbecue tonight. I really appreciate how hard he works and looks after our family. I’m also thinking of my dad today. He has been gone for… Continue reading Happy Fathers Day!
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… Continue reading Butterflies
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… Continue reading Hanging with my gnomies!
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… Continue reading Rainy weekend
I’ve had a busy few days so haven’t had too much time for cardmaking. Yesterday I went to Michaels as I heard they had some copic ciao markers on clearance. I managed to get 49 of them. They are normally $5.99 each but these were on clearance for .97 cents! Such a great deal. I… Continue reading Busy few days
I still haven’t been feeling the greatest but I was determined to work on something, so I made a couple of quick cards with the new stamp sets I got from Gerda Steiner Designs. The first card is made with the chicken scratch stamp set. I stamped the images and then colored them with alcohol… Continue reading A couple of quick cards
I have atrial fibrillation. Its been an issue for 7 years and it gets more and more frequent. I’m averaging an episode every 10 days or so. I’m one of those lucky people that are debilitated by it. Some people have it and don’t even know. I am so symptomatic that I’m stuck on the… Continue reading Down for the count today
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… Continue reading Punny cards
We are a dog family. I didn’t have dogs growing up but when I got married and moved to Utah, we went through 7 years of infertility and I was so desperate for something to love, so into our lives came our first dog, Misty. She was a toy poodle and she became my best… Continue reading For the love of dogs
Before I left on our trip I ordered a few things from one of my favorite stamping stores “My Favorite Things”. The box was here when I got home so finally this afternoon I got to play with some of my new things. I chose the die set “Fishbowl Die-namics”. This is what I made.… Continue reading Something’s fishy!
I don’t have a card to post today but I will try to get one up later on. Last week was very busy and so I didn’t have much time to post. We always go away for Memorial Weekend and this year we weren’t sure if that would happen or not. With the virus going… Continue reading Its been a while!
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.… Continue reading Good start to the day
Its been a week already and its only Wednesday! On Monday I went into afib so that pretty much took me out of commission for the day. Yesterday I had a Facetime appointment with my cardiologist. It was interesting to say the least. Kind of nice to “see” him from the comfort of my home… Continue reading What a week so far!
Hello all! I hope that all of the mothers out there are having a good day. We are having a quiet day. The girls and my husband gave me some cards and bought me some flowers for the front porch and the deck. One of my daughters is making dinner and we will have a… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!
This is a card that is quite different from the cards I usually do but the stamp set came in the last kit from Simon Says Stamp kit and I love it. Its a perfect time to send an encouragement card as so many of us are feeling the stress of what is going on… Continue reading Encouragement card
There hasn’t been too much going on so I don’t have much to talk about today. I’ve been tired as I couldn’t go to sleep last night so I’ve been dragging all day long. Its a beautiful sunny day. We have an old grill on our deck that we need to throw away. In our… Continue reading Baby birds and bugs!
We had some rain earlier this morning and now the sun is trying to come out. I bought some cute fabric yesterday to make some face masks and those are in the washer right now. Its been hard to find elastic but I ordered a bunch from Etsy the other day and it should be… Continue reading Sunday Morning Musings
Its been a hard week with one thing and another. Its been hard to get motivated to make any cards but last night I made two. I’ll share one with you today. I love to make slimline cards so I’ll start with this one. I picked up a new stamp set yesterday so that gave… Continue reading Saturday afternoon
There’s not a lot going on so lets just jump in and share a card! This is a card I made the other day so we will start out with this one. This is a slimline card (9″x4″) I made using a stamp set from My Favorite Things called “Party Animals”. I will add all… Continue reading Hello!
Today was another very busy day. We’ve decided since my daughter is only working one week and then off the next week (due to Covid-19) that its time to redo her room. So today we spent the afternoon going through a lot of her stuff and organizing. We will do some every day and then… Continue reading Busy, busy!
It was a beautiful day today but very cold and breezy. My daughter and I spent the day looking for a sewing machine. I guess those are hard to come by these days. We lucked out eventually at Joann’s who had just had a shipment. My last sewing machine is 25 years old so this… Continue reading Busy Day
Happy Easter! I hope you are having a nice day. We got some snow this morning but thankfully it didn’t last. The girls opened their Easter baskets and now we are waiting for dinner to cook. The sun is now shining, even though it is very cold today. I have another Mother’s Day card to… Continue reading Happy Easter
We are having another beautiful day today. I pulled out my patio set on the deck and its been nice to sit out in the sun, even though its not super warm yet. The trees are starting to bloom and the birds are chirping so loudly! Even our resident woodpecker is back, pecking holes in… Continue reading Mothers Day card
I’ve been busy the last couple of days with lots of ideas for cards and so thats been fun. Somtimes its hard to come up with new ideas and sometimes its much easier. Yesterday I made a card to send to someone you are missing due to social distancing. I love how it turned out… Continue reading Creative juices flowing!
Its so fun to buy new things, especially when it comes to card making. There is always something new available and its hard to resist. With things being so uncertain, I’ve been trying to use what I already have…some of which I haven’t even opened before! So this card is made using things I already… Continue reading Using what I have…
Its been an uneventful day. I’ve spent most of the day in my craft room without too much to show for the time I’ve spent in here!! I really should clean and organize it but that seems like too much effort! It would be nice to be able to find what I’m looking for though! … Continue reading Hello
There’s nothing like waking up at 3:30am and not being able to go back to sleep. So I got up and got ready for the day very early this morning! I’ve been tired all day but I, unfortunately, am one of those people who cannot nap, otherwise I’d be up half the night again tonight. … Continue reading Oceans of love
Hello! It’s been a few days since I last posted. I hope all is well with you. We are doing fine so far although I just learned that my brother in Scotland probably has the virus. He’s been told to self isolate for 7 days. He feels pretty awful and I’m praying it doesn’t get… Continue reading Its been a few days….
It was a beautiful day yesterday and it really felt like spring. We reached 68 degrees with lots of sunshine. Today it is lovely and sunny again but we are expecting rain and then snow over the next few days! Its definately springtime in Utah. Yesterday we spent most of the day going to 3… Continue reading Calm before the storm
Its definately spring! We are having another rainy day. We have some crocuses growing in the front yard. Flowers are blooming in all the neighbors yards. It will soon be time to go buy some flowers to plant in our planters that we keep on the front porch…if we are allowed to do that. Our… Continue reading Another rainy day!
Some days are hard. Its hard to get past the anxiety and depression of whats going on and feeling like nothing will get better. Other days I can feel a little bit of hope. I put myself on a weekend break from the news as I get sucked in and keep watching all day, then… Continue reading Happy Sunday!
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… Continue reading Friendship
Yesterday was a busy day so I didn’t get much done in the craft room. We woke up to 3″ of snow but thankfully it has all melted off now. Its cold today but the sun is shining. This set of cards are pretty easy. Its always nice to have some notecards on hand and… Continue reading Set of notecards
We woke up to snow this morning! Its turned to rain now but we are supposed to get more snow overnight. Thankfully these spring snow storms usually melt off quickly. Despite the rain, I can see people out walking their dogs in the park. I’ve been watching Netflix this morning, curled up in a blanket,… Continue reading Woke up to snow!
Today has been one of those days where I haven’t have much energy to do anything. Its been raining on and off and it looks like we may get some snow over the next couple of days! I’ve been in my craft room all afternoon and haven’t yet been able to create a card! So… Continue reading Low energy day
Not a lot is going on today. We are still dealing with aftershocks from the earthquake and felt a pretty big one last night. Its pretty unnerving. My brothers both messaged me today (from Scotland) to let me know that they are now on lockdown for at least 3 weeks. They both have essential jobs… Continue reading Unicorns and glitter!
Its a beautiful spring day today. The sun is shining, that always helps me feel better. It just lifts my spirits. We are going to have a rainy week so I am enjoying the sunshine while it lasts. I often have a hard time making cards for boys/men. I recently got a stamp set from… Continue reading Beautiful day
So today was another day spent at home. I am trying to stay home unless I have to go out. Our state has limited contact to 10 people or under. My husband and daughters are still going to work, although my daughters have reduced hours now. I am trying not to stress over everything but… Continue reading What about a box card today?
I look out on to a park from my craft room. Its cold today and we had some rain but the sun is trying to poke through. Things are starting to turn green again. I love spring. It does feel like we have a huge cloud hanging over us with this virus going around. I… Continue reading Shaker card
We are starting to relax after the earthquake the other day. We have had hundreds of aftershocks but I haven’t felt any, thankfully. So life is starting to get back to normal, or as normal as it can be right now. So I spent some time in my craft room and today I want to… Continue reading Settling down…somewhat!
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… Continue reading Excitement…of the wrong sort!
Its a beautiful, sunny day here in Utah today. Looking out you would never think there was anything scary going on in the world. This is such a scary time for everyone. It would be so easy to start stressing out but I’m trying to stay as calm as I can. Its so easy to… Continue reading Beautiful day
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… Continue reading Trying to de-stress!
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… Continue reading Sad day
What a day it has been so far! On the way to the passport office our car just died in the middle of the street. We know we have a sensor issue with it but its been working fine for a while. Not today when we have so much to do! Thankfully after resting for… Continue reading What a day!
Hello! My name is Mary and I have created this blog in order to share some of the cards I make as well as some of the goings on in my life! Today the clocks went forward and I am already feeling the effect! It usually takes me about two weeks to get used to… Continue reading Hello
Its been a hard week with one thing and another. Its been hard to get motivated to make any cards but last night I made two. I’ll share one with you today.
I love to make slimline cards so I’ll start with this one.
I picked up a new stamp set yesterday so that gave me some motivation! This stamp set is called “Fetch” and its from Photoplay. I love dogs so its always fun to use them in a card. My card base is by Recollections and is their white heavy weight cardstock. I cut it to 9″x8″ and scored it at 4″. So the finished base is 9″x4″. I layered some burgundy faux stitched cardstock on the base, leaving about an 1/8th of an inch of the white base showing. I then cut some plaid paper with the Whimsy Slimline Marquee die. I then cut the same die with some heart cardstock and filled the openings in with those.
I used copic and spectrum noir alcohol markers to color the images and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. I die cut a heart and stamped the sentiment on that, using some distress oxide ink to shade the edges. The sentiment I chose was “Missing you is RUFF”.
I used some Scotch foam adhesive tape to give some dimension to the window panel and then adhered everything together. I like how it turned out.
Since we are on the subject of dogs…here is a picture of our little Maggie!!
I hope you will stop by again soon to see some more cards. See you soon!
There’s not a lot going on so lets just jump in and share a card!
This is a card I made the other day so we will start out with this one.
This is a slimline card (9″x4″) I made using a stamp set from My Favorite Things called “Party Animals”. I will add all the links below. I stamped the images and then colored them with a mixture of copic and spectrum noir alcohol makers. I stamp with Memento Tuxedo black ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80lb solar white cardstock. After the images were colored I fussy cut them out.
I used Whimsy stamps Slimline Marquee Die for the “windows”. I created some clouds with distress oxide inks in tumbled glass and used the mini edge clouds stencil from My favorite things. I cut some grass with the Honey Bee stamps grass border die.
To create the card base I used Recollections heavy weight white cardstock from Michaels. I use it all the time for my card bases and really like it. I cut it to 9″x8″ and scored and folded it at 4″.
I used some photo play paper that I had lying around to create the background and to cover the “window” part of the card. I made sure to stamp my sentiments before I started to construct the card. I then used foam tape to prop up the window panel and then added the images with a mixture of liquid glue and foam tape.
So that is pretty much it for this card. I hope you like it. I enjoy doing slimline cards as it gives you more space to work with. I’ll be back soon with another card.