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!

Check out my shop here: http://www.jasmineblossomcrafts.etsy.com

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!

What a week so far!

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 but also kind of strange. So I get to wear a heart monitor for 30 days again. I did this last year around this time. It wasn’t too bad until towards the end of the 30 days when I had run out of places to stick the electrodes and I got such a bad rash from the adhesive. We had gone away for Memorial Weekend and my skin was so irritated that I took the monitor off for a few hours. We were in the middle of nowhere when my phone rang and the monitor people were calling to make sure I was still alive!! It was pretty funny. Yes, I was still alive, just so darn itchy!!

Today we are taking Maggie to the vet. It will be strange once again as they will come to our car and take her in without us. It makes me anxious as I know how stressed she gets at the vet, even when we are with her. She has strange rust colored areas on her body and little black flecks on her stomach. When we google it, it seems it may be from a yeast infection. Hopefully its something that is easy to treat. She’s acting ok. Last night she ran around the yard so long that she just collapsed on the floor when she came in, she completely wore herself out! Every time we all settle down to watch a movie, she starts talking to us because she wants a bone to chew on. The trouble is, she wants a brand new bone every time and she will literally argue with us over it!! Its hilarious. We’ve never had a dog who will “talk” to us before.

We checked on the baby starlings yesterday and they are growing fast. Their eyes are open and their feathers are growing. Its so fun to watch them grow.

So, onto card making. I got a cute new stamp set from My Favorite Things the other day. So I made a birthday card featuring one of gnomes.

I really enjoy using patterned paper on my cards, as well as using stamped images, so this card uses both. I stamped the image and colored it with copic markers. I then cut it out using the matching dies. I got a paper pack from Photo play ages ago that featured garden gnomes and all of the patterned paper was from that.

I stamped the sentiment and then adhered everything together.

You can buy the Hanging with my gnomies stamp set from here: https://mftstamps.com/collections/new/products/bb-hanging-with-my-gnomies

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

Hope to see you soon!

Beautiful day

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 MFT called Space Explorer and that has made it much easier. 

Here’s the first card I made with this stamp set:

MFT is one of my favorite stamp companies. They make such cute stamps.  I used some “galaxy” paper from Scrapping For Less for the background.  I stamped the images and colored them with alcohol markers.  Then fussy cut them out.  I used a circle die to cut a half circle for the moon. I stamped the sentiment and then adhered all the images to the card.  This time I used a grey card base.  I’m looking forward to using the other images in the stamp set for more cards. 

Space Explorer stamp set
https://mftstamps.com/products/bb-space-explorer?_pos=1&_sid=d7319693d&_ss=r

Under the stars paper pad:
https://www.scrappingforless.com/shop/Paper-Collection/Scrapping-for-Less/p/Scrapping-for-Less-6×6-Paper-Pad-Under-the-Stars-x42124918.htm

Check out my shop here:  www.etsy.com/shop/jasmineblossomcrafts

Sad day

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 new life in the United States.  My life would have been very different if Pat hadn’t been in it.  She was a mother, sister and best friend all rolled into one.  It will be hard going forward without her in my life. 

I laid around most of the day, crying on and off and reflecting on the many years we shared as friends.  I could almost hear her telling me to get up and do something. So I came into my craft room and made another card.  Something cute and cheerful to try to bring me out of my sadness for a little while.  Pat was my crafting buddy.  She would be happy that I was able to create something, despite my sadness.

I have been enjoying using dies lately.  So today I created this card featuring dies from Mama Elephant and Elizabeth Craft Designs. 

I die cut the pieces of the elephant from Neenah Classic Crest solar white 80lb paper and colored them with hickory smoke and worn lipstick distress oxide inks.  I then glued the pieces together with Art Glitter glue.  I die cut the Happy Birthday from the same paper and glued 2 layers together and then added the third layer in colored cardstock from Recollections.  The background paper is from Echo Park’s 6×6″ paper pad called “Happy Birthday”. 

I got some of my supplies from:
mamaelephant.com
elizabethcraftdesigns.com
amazon.com

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