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 to spend a lot of time cardmaking this week but I did make a set of July 4th cards.
I went to my local craft store this week and found paper packs by Photoplay called Gnome for the Holidays. They ahve the cutest gnome themed papers for lots of holidays…Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas etc. I used the July 4th pack and created these cards.
I just used the paper in the pack to layer and create the cards. I added twine and enamel dots to some.
I didn’t do any stamping on these. Its all just layered or die cut paper. I really love patterned paper so its fun for me to do a set like these. I can’t wait to use the other sets for Halloween etc.
They also had stamps and dies for these holiday gnomes, so I will be making some cards with those too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 friend. When she was 18 months old, we adopted our first daughter. Misty was not happy. She didn’t like kids until they got to be around 8 or 9 years old, then she would tolerate them. She had to go through it all again when we adopted our 2nd daughter when Misty was almost 6. The girls learned to just stay away from her and then when they were old enough, Misty would let them throw a ball for her. Misty lived until she was almost 15 years old.
After Misty passed we were devastated and couldn’t stand being in a home without a dog, so along came Poppy a few months later. Poppy was another toy poodle. She loved the kids, who were older then of course. She was not healthy and we almost lost her at a few months old until we learned that she was allergic to dog food. So I had to cook her special meals every day. She also had a collapsing trachea and couldn’t run and play without choking. She was the reason we bought our RV as we didn’t ever want to leave her home when we wanted to go on vacation. She didn’t like traveling but liked to be with us. Since I was home all day, she quickly became my shadow and was my constant companion no matter what I was doing. Unfortunately, we only had her for 5 years as she caught double pnuemonia and despite lots of vet care, she passed. This was so devasting as she was so young and should have had so much more life to live.
It took us over 2 years before we felt we were ready for another dog, then along came Maggie. Our sassy little Schmaltese or Malshi – a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. She is 16lbs of fun and fiestyness (is that even a word?!). She will be 2 this year and I hope we have her for many years. She has also become my best buddy and follows me everywhere. She loves everyone though…she loves to snuggle on the couch.
I got thinking about our dogs today as I was making a sympathy card for the loss of a dog. Here is the card:
The card was made using items from Taylored Expressions. I created the heart using their heart masking stencils and used gold ink to color it. I then stamped the paw prints with black ink. I used the paw prints stamp set which also includes the sentiment. I also used one of their small dog breed die set and added the silhoutte of the dog. I framed it in a gold/orange cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.
Losing a dog or any beloved pet is such a hard thing but the love we have from then while they are with us makes it all worthwhile.