Back to School

It is almost back to school time around here so I thought I would make a few back to school cards for some hard working teachers. I have worked for a local elementary school district for over 25 years and know how exciting yet difficult the start of a new school year can be. This year is going to be especially difficult since our schools will have to being with distance learning. Teachers truly miss their students so I want to bring them some joy at the start of this unusual school year.

For this week’s video, I made a couple of back to school cards using some patterned paper from Michael’s. The paper looks like alcohol ink blending and since I am not very good at that (yet) I chose this paper as my background. I used Darcie’s “Take Note,” “All Write” and “Best Teacher” stamp sets. I stamped out all the main images and cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut. The Scan N Cut is amazing, especially when I do not have coordinating dies! Once I decided which images I would use on my card, I colored them using my Copic markers. I then attached the colored images to the card base and added some sparkle with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I added a few Doodlebug enamel dots and gave them some sparkle as well. I then layered my panel onto some black card stock to give it a thin border. Now that my panel was complete and added it to a card base. This was a fairly quick and easy card to make. I will be making several more to send to some of the many dedicated teachers I know.

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A Colorful Christmas

I have been focusing on making Christmas cards over the last few weeks. I donate 300 cards each year to a local skilled nursing facility. My dad was there and I remember seeing so many lonely souls each time I would go to visit him. These poor people had no family to visit them and were crying out for attention. After my dad passed away, I made it my goal to donate Christmas cards to each resident of the facility to bring them a spark of joy during the holidays. This will be my sixth year doing this. It brings me so much happiness, just knowing they have a little something to open on Christmas. I try to make many different cards, including non-traditional cards. I also include cards for those that may not celebrate Christmas.

For this week’s video, I made a colorful Christmas card using some very non-traditional colors. I used Simon Says Stamp’s “Triangle Blast” stencil and Ranger Distress Oxide sprays in Mermaid Lagoon and Picked Raspberry to create my background panels. While I set my panels aside to dry, I pulled in some Bristol Smooth water color paper. I sprayed the water color paper with water and then sprinkled on some Nuvo Shimmer Powders in Atlantis Burst, Cherry Bomb and Violet Brocade. Once the shimmer powders were dry I heat embossed various Christmas trees from Simon Says Stamp’s “Festive Trees” and Color Me Trees” stamp sets. I used SSS clear embossing ink and white pigment ink and covered the ink with Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder. I then used the coordinating dies to cut some of the images and and fussy cut the rest. I cut the background panels using the largest Scallop Rectangle die by Pink and Main. I was having so much fun and was excited to see the end product. I stamped my sentiment on the background panels (using my brand new Original Misti) with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. I then arranged the cut images on the panel and adhered them using Art Glitter Glue and Simon Says Stamp foam tape. I added a finishing touch by putting a few enamel dots on the panels and layering the panels onto some colored card stock. Once that was done, I glued by layered panels to a card base and voila…my cards were complete. I really liked how the turned out with the beautiful pinks and purples. What do you think?

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Love, Joy and Peace

It has been a very busy week. Trying to stay positive with all the negative news is not easy, but I know that all I have to do is go play in my craft room and my mood instantly improves. I am fortunate to have a dedicated space to spend on my crafty meditation. Having the ability to just go into my own space to create, organize or just relax is the best feeling in the world. I used my creative space to work on my next YouTube video, which is definitely a lot of work, but I am enjoying every moment of it. For this week’s video, I made a holiday card using Simon Says Stamp’s “HoHoHo” stamp set as well as their hybrid inks. I used the small images in the stamp set to create my own background paper. I stuck with my 2020 resolution and only used supplies that I currently have in my stash. Going through my stash is so much fun when I find something I had forgotten all about. It is like Christmas for me…Christmas in July 😉

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Hello Summer

This week, I made a summer themed card using only the items I have in my stash. I decided to record this project in the making, which makes this my first creative YouTube video (click on image below to view video). Creating this content really opened my eyes! I never truly realized how much time and energy go into making a video. I feel like I am finally getting to do something I love while sharing it with others. It took me three days of work to get this done, and it was worth every minute! I spent a few hours on Sunday just planning and prepping for my card. Monday was spent recording the card making process used to make my summer creation. Tuesday was spent editing the video and recording the voiceover (no easy task). Wednesday was the day…I uploaded my first creative YouTube video. So nervous yet so excited. I have to give kudos to all the YouTube content creators out there for all their dedication and hard work. My goal is to get one video done every two weeks for now. Maybe I can do more once I get the hang of all the editing stuff. I hope you are able to visit my YouTube Channel and maybe even subscribe. I would love your feedback on this new venture I have embarked upon. Have a great day and thanks for joining me on this crazy ride!

June 2020 Collected Crafty Collabs Hop

Wish me luck on this one. This is my first collaborative hop with my new blog and I am hopeful that I will have many more to follow. Being a part of this amazing community keeps me feeling connected. This month’s theme was Critters and/or Stencils. I used so many wonderful products to make this. I don’t typically plan out my cards but I thought I should try doing that for this particular card. I laid out my stencil and stamps to try to envision how they would look.  Once I decided on how to lay out my images, I stamped my images with stamps by Clearly Besotted. I then masked the images and followed by using My Favorite Thing’s English Brick Wall stencil to create the brick wall background. I followed up by ink blending the ground on the scene with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. Once I was happy with my background, I removed the masks and used my Copic markers to color the images. The sentiment on the sign is from MFT’s Four Legged Friends stamp set. The finishing touch, I think, are the adorable Doodlebug sprinkles hearts.  😉

Hop lineup for the June 2020 Collected Crafty Collab is below:

Karen Page

Charlotte Ehrukainen (Lady Joyful)

Boryana Yankova

Lounon Riviere

Yvette Olea (Yvette Olea Creates) – You are here

Lee Ann McKinney – Next

Natasha Davies

Martha Lucia Gomez

Mary Ellen Driggs

Tracy Shultz

Marie Bingaman

Donna Perisic (Creative Pixie Designs)

Virginia Fairchild

Katy Ingram (eastwickspaperandink)

Teresa Russell

Danielle Brown

Lisa Wolfe

Anna Mahtani

Sam McLean

Valerie Powell

Using What You Have

My “resolution” for 2020 was to use up my stash of crafting goodies. Thanks to the worldwide pandemic, I have been very successful in keeping my resolution. I have not purchased any new supplies this year, which has forced me to look at what is in my craft room. I have been challenged to do the best with what I have in my personal and crafty life and I have found this to be challenging yet liberating. Making cards and other projects while using only what I have in my craft room has been a ton of fun. I find myself getting excited about older stamp sets and paper pads that I had forgotten all about. I am making good use of my stash of paper scraps and colored/cut images that I had set aside. Maybe this whole pandemic thing was a good way of making us slow down and appreciate what we have.

Finding My Inspiration

I have to admit that the idea of having more time to create is both exciting and frightening. I am so used to a structured work schedule and wonder if the freedom of being home all day will be a detriment to my creative process. I work so well under pressure, which is what pushes me to create in a short amount of time each day. How will I continue to find inspiration after full days in my craft room? Will I just stare into space or actually get some work done? How will I find new and creative ways to express myself? How will I share my creativity with others? So many questions, but I am sure of one thing and that is that my family and friends will continue to support me and push me forward. This is going to be my new normal. This is going to be a very different pace for me. This is going to be a very different summer!

Be Careful What You Wish For

It has been two weeks since I began my crafty adventure. When I started, I wondered how I would find the time to dedicate to creating and posting. I thought how wonderful it would be if I were old enough to retire. Well, I guess the universe must have heard me wishing for more free time because I will soon have more time than I know what to do with. I was recently informed that I am being laid off. I guess I have no excuses now. I have to re-focus my energy and create a new “work” schedule dedicated to this crafty life. I hope that I can bring joy and inspiration to at least one person. That would make me feel like I am a success at creating handmade kindness. Wish me luck!

One Week In

It has been a week since I began my new crafty adventure and I am loving it. I feel more creative now than I have in the last few months. Being a part of such wonderful online crafty communities has helped me to find the courage to post my handmade creations. I am fortunate to have the love and support of my family as well as the dedicated space to be creative. The trick now, is to carve out time in my day to focus on creating more handmade kindness. Thank you to my readers for following along with me during this new and exciting time of my life.

My Next Chapter

This is my first blog post and I am a bit of a newbie. I am the mother of four, grandmother of six and wife to my wonderful husband of 34 years. I am getting closer to retirement and thought it would be a perfect time to start preparing for the next chapter in my life. I assume it could take a few years to get my crafty blogs and videos off the ground so I chose today to begin the journey. I will begin with blog posts and gradually move on to social media posts and videos. I am mainly a paper crafter but I do occasionally dabble in a other crafts when inspiration calls. I am fortunate to have a very supportive family and am sure they will continue to support me during this endeavor. Thank you for joining me on this new and exciting venture.