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!

Mothers Day card

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 the beams on our deck!  We’ve had ducks in our yard and the snakes have even been seen a couple of times, though its still kind of cold for them.  We have a canal that runs behind our yard and so we get lots of ducks and birds that like to be around there.  There is also a walking trail along side the canal so we see people jogging or walking frequently.  Our little dog likes to run from one side of the yard to the other, checking everyone out. 

So Mother’s Day is coming up next month.  I decided its time to work on some cards for my shop.  I found a few cute digital stamps on Etsy that I will be using over the next few days.

This one is adorable.  A little girl holding a bouquet of flowers for her mom. 

I downloaded the stamp and printed it out on some Neenah bright white 65lb cardstock. I just use my inkjet printer and I haven’t had any issues using alcohol markers with the ink or the paper.   I colored the image with alcohol markers and then stamped the sentiment in the top left corner.  I die cut the image and then used some adhesive backed foam sheets to give it some dimension.  For the backing I used some paper from Bo Bunny and framed that with some purple cardstock.  I added a paper doily to add some interest.  I used some distress oxide ink to shade the panel the image is on and adhered all of it together.  I then added a couple of enamel hearts from Doodle Bug. 

Here’s some of the supplies I used:

Pretty Posy digital stamp:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/781635701/lili-of-the-valley-digi-stamp-as-pretty?ga_search_query=mothers%2Bday&ref=shop_items_search_8&pro=1

Stitched mini scallop rectangle stax die namics:
https://mftstamps.com/products/stitched-mini-scallop-rectangle-stax-die-namics?_pos=7&_sid=a86307d0c&_ss=r

White paper doilies:
https://www.michaels.com/white-paper-doilies-by-recollections/10467097.html

momanddad2love stamp set:
https://thestampsoflife.com/momanddad2love.html

Ranger shaded lilac distress oxide ink:
https://www.scrapbookpal.com/tim-holtz-distress-oxide-ink-pad-shaded-lilac/

Doodlebug hearts:
https://www.scrapbook.com/store/db-5550.html?w=doodlebug+hearts

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

Shaker card

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 hope you all are well and safe and able to cope with the isolation this is bringing to so many of us.  If you are a medical worker…thank you.  If you are a grocery store clerk. Thank you. I know this has put so much stress on so many of you. 

Have you heard of Queen and co?  They make the cutest shaker card kits.  I decided to try one for the first time and yesterday I made a card using the sweet shop kit.  They include everything you need except for the card bases and inks. 

This is the card I made using the ice cream cone shaker. 

I enjoyed making it and look forward to making more cards with the kit.

Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out. 
https://queenandcompany.com/collections/speciality-kits/products/sweet-shop-kit

Here’s the link to my shop.  www.etsy.com/shop/jasmineblossomcrafts