Autumn Wishes!

Its funny to be thinking about fall/autumn as we are still hovering around 100 degrees here in Northern Utah! I love fall but I don’t like the fact that it means winter is just around the corner. So I always leave summer behind with mixed feelings.

This card was made using a stamp set from Taylored Expressions called “cutting edge”.

I stamped the image and colored it with copic markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut the image out, leaving quite a bit of white space at the bottom. I layered it with some fall colored patterned paper.

I then stamped the sentiment “autumn wishes”, from the same stamp set, in the bottom right corner. I added some tiny images from the stamp set around the sentiment, along with some fall colored gems. I then matted it with black cardstock and added it to a white card base.

You can find the stamp and die set here: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/cutting-edge-fall-stamp-die-combo/

My shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jasmineblossomcrafts

See you next time!

Sick dog and Halloween cards

Maggie wasn’t feeling good last week and her ears were bleeding. Initially we thought she had allergies and made her ears bleed by scratching them so much, but it turned out she had major infections in both ears. After a few hours at the vet’s office, she came home with lots of medication. Some of the medication is in her ears and it gradually disperses over time. Its made her pretty deaf so thats been interesting. She’s still not back to normal but she’s improving every day.

I’ve been having fun making some Halloween cards. This set was made with a stamp set from Taylored Expressions.

I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I used some Halloween cardstock for the background and stamped and embossed the sentiment on a black strip of cardstock. I adhered everything to a grey cardbase.

I love how they turned out!

See you next time!

Floral card

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 background using some white cardstock and a Darice embossing folder.

I then stamped and colored an image from Taylored Expressions called Beautiful Blossoms and then I used the coordinating dies to cut the image.

The sentiment I used is from the same stamp set and I stamped it with versamark on some black cardstock. I then used white embossing powder and heat emobossed it.

I used liquid glue to attach the flowers to the panel and then used foam tape to attach the sentiment. I matted the panel with black cardstock and then adhered it to a white card base.

I hope you like it. I like how simple it is.

The stamp set I used is available here: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/beautiful-blossoms/

See you next time!

Busy few days

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.

Stars and strips bundle: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/stars-strips-bundle/

Hand lettered 4th July stamps: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/handlettered-4th-of-july/

Hand lettered 4th of July dies: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/handlettered-4th-of-july-dies/

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

For the love of dogs

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.

Misty

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.

Poppy

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.

maggie

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.

Here’s a list of what I used today:

Paw Print stamp set: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/paw-prints/

Heart masking stencils: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/masking-stencils-hearts/

Memento tuxedo black ink: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/pp-tsme607.html

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