Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sympathy Card 8

I made one more extra sympathy card after my
marathon card making session last weekend.

 All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!

The outline flower image was stamped several times,
cut apart then layered for added dimension.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sympathy Card 7

This is the final sympathy card of seven
I made last weekend.
I have an extra one I made yesterday
that I will share tomorrow.

All supplies used on this card 
were from Stampin' Up!
(except for the Prima flowers).

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sympathy Card 6

Simple sympathy cards:
-watercolor wash light blue ink onto water color paper
-adhere "silk" flower, add rhinestone center
-paper punch leaves with light water color accents
and bent for dimension glued under flower
-stamped sentiment (Stampin' Up!)
- run the inside of the card through a border embossing folder

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sympathy Card 5

Floral image was colored with markers then 
lightly spritzed with water before stamping.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!
(other than the yellow mini rhinestones)

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Sympathy Card 4

Heat embossed gold image on vellum,
colored with markers on the back.
Unfortuantely the vellum wrinkled 
when it was run thorugh a Xyron machine 
then adhered to white card stock.
I'll redo this image on watercolor paper
then glue it over the top after peeling off
the stamped vellum piece.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sympathy Card 3

Blue gray, metallic silver and white simple enough
layered sympathy card.
I used chipboard scraps and double stick adhesive for dimension.

The flower image was from Anna Griffin.
Tiny sentiment was from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sympathy Card 2

Another fairly simple sympathy card.

The embossed background has such depth and detail.

There is paper piercing around the tag
(not in this photo, I added it afterwards).

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sympathy Card 1

I've never kept sympathy cards in stock, 
but after needing two already this year, 
I think that I ought to start keeping a couple on hand.

I made 7 of them this past weekend,
this card is by far the easiest of them.
This is also a good one to mail,
not requiring extra postage.

The image was heat embossed gold
onto vanilla card stock then layered
on metallic gold cardstock.

All images and supplies were from Stampin' Up!

This photo is of a cat that has been hanging around
our house and barn the past couple of weeks.
I snapped this photo of it as it sat outside a window,
for a good half hour, just peering in at us.
I thought my cat would have a good stare down
with it through the window, but she did not.
I joked that if it continued to hang around,
I may have to name it:
"Bond...... James Bond"
It has a little "tuxedo jacket over white shirt" fur. 
I believe it is probably a male that is hoping to
hook up with the neighbors two female cats that are not spayed.
We have seen numerous cats come and go over the years,
always assuming that they are males looking for a girlfriend ;) 

Thanks for looking 
I hope you can find a moment to be creative today :) 

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Or as I often find myself saying looking back at old photos  : not nearly enough photos!

I don't make resolutions, but if I did, one for this year would be to FINALLY get decades worth of photos put in albums. I'm off to a decent start, spending these first two weeks of the new year dismantling the kids baby/toddler photo albums.

one of two shoe boxes full of photos removed from albums

WHY take photos out of albums if the goal is to get them into albums and out of boxes you ask ?
There were a couple of reasons I decided to make more work for myself with this project. The first is that several of the pages are damaged, photos were not staying in the pockets very well. Nearly all of the pages in one of the albums needs to be repaired so they will stay in the album cover. It was dropped years ago, the weight of all the pages tore the holes in the plastic pages. Since these types of albums are no longer available (perfectly sized for 3 1/2" x 5" photos, six per page) and I made a custom fabric cover for it, I would really like to keep it.

 I wonder if office supply hole reinforcements would work?
I may end up cutting thin strips of white Gorilla Glue tape.

The second reason why I took photos out of the albums is so I can put them back in with journaling cards added in places.  There are also screen shots of old video that I am going to have printed (not at all the best quality, but the only photos I will have of certain memories) that need to be put into these albums, causing me to reorder photos. This will fill the albums faster, leaving dozens left over that will need to be put into another album. Since I've not put any photos into albums past the first 5 years of being a Mom, I can start by adding the leftovers in the new albums, journaling cards and then start in on the numerous boxes of photos ! I want to put photos in the albums in chronological order. Whew !

I started by making actual scrapbook pages, pretty simple ones, of the few photos I had from my pregnancy and the birth of my first child. I soon switched to basic pocket albums. Although scrapping is fun, it does take quite a bit of time and the completed pages take up a lot more space !

Just 30 pages filled a post bound album, busting it at the seams even with extenders added ! I also worry that the various embellishments may damage photos over time ( I try to align them as best I can on the opposite page to hopefully not press against the photos). I'll share a few of the pages at some point, but most are really super simple and plain.

So, yes, it is going to be a very time consuming project, one I have put off for far, far too long.
Because I am determined to work on this long term project as much as possible this year,  I've decided to not participate in many challenges or work on several design teams as I have in the past.  It's just too time consuming. That being said, I don't plan on posting/blogging as many projects this year (of course that may change, I've sooooo many things I want to make!).

Happy, Crafty New Year !

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Quick Get Well Card

 A fairly quick card I made to send to an Aunt recently.

Image is an oldie from Stampin' Up!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Congrats Granny To Be Card

Simple card I made and sent to a friend that will become a Grandma
for the first time this year !

All stamps used were from Stampin' Up!, now retired.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Cards I Received

I received these beauties from a couple of online friends.
I love all three of them and have them on display for the time being
in my craft room :) 

for details about the  "seasons greetings" card.

The "Star of Wonder" and birthday card were made by
my long time email pen pal

Thanks for looking and Happy New Year !

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

Today is a new day, a new year, a new chapter, a new beginning….“It is the first blank page of a 365 book. Write a good one!” -- Brad Paisley

Snowman Hanging Decor Piece

Welcome to the first challenge at
As always, it is an anything crafty goes challenge.

I'm sharing a simple enough snowman hanging
decor piece made from a muslin type fabric.
You could make it from crumpled up bown paper bag, too!

How to:
Tea stain the fabric, leaving it in a
crumpled up ball while drying. 

Open up the fabric and lightly iron.
You want some of the wrinkles to remain.

Brush white acrylic craft paint
onto the fabric, allowing some of the 
tea stained fabric to show.

Paint details onto your snowman.

Sew (or glue) around most of the 
outer edges of the two snowman
shaped fabric pieces, leaving a small
opening so you can lightly stuff it.

Close the opening.

Attach wire through each hand to create a hanger.
I wrapped mine around a pencil to create the curls.

Decorate as you'd like with fabric scraps,
buttons, snowflakes, etc.
I rubber stamped on a chipboard snowflake.

Thanks for looking !

Wishing you a happy, crafty New Year !